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    Help. I somehow lost both of my CD / DVD drives while using windows 7 Home Premium. I tried restoring to an earlier time but that didn't work. I also looked in "Computer Management" / Storage etc. and my C:, D:, & E: drives along with a removeable drive H:, I:, J:, K:, & L: are showing up but my two CD / DVD drives (which were labeled F: and G: respectively do not show up either there nore on the Start Menu.
    When I tried to autorun a cd, nothing happened and I was of course unable to open the disk for viewing. How can I restore these two drives to my system?
    Any help would be most appreciated.

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    Did you happen to install and then uninstall a burning program recently?
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    Let windows try to fix it.
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    On the left side of the window select View All
    Select Hardware and Devices
    The troubleshooter will automajikly try to find and fix the problem.
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    Hi Jeff:

    No, I didn't install any burning program lately. It worked right up 'til yesterday afternoon. I tried to remove four other removable drives from the library list and the next time I fired up the computer, my dvd drives were gone. They are recognized in BIOS but not in Hardware "Devices"

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    Hi Steve:

    Tried what you advised but was not successful at finding the drives. As I mentioned above, the drives show up in BIOS but not in Hardware Devices. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Porter View Post
    Tried what you advised but was not successful at finding the drives. As I mentioned above, the drives show up in BIOS but not in Hardware Devices. Thanks for the suggestion though.
    Does Drives - Hide or Show Empty Drives in Computer Folder - Windows 7 Forums or Hide Drives from Your Computer in Windows 7 or Vista :: the How-To Geek help?


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    Hi Joe:

    Thanks for the effort. Tried the unhide drives but didn't work. I believe because the drives are not showing up in "Device Manager" that only some type of hardware "enable" will work in this instance. I'm trying to get away with not restoring from Acronis even though my backup is only a few days old. Seems to me there has to be some sort of switch here to enable the system to recognize the drives that are being presented at "Post." Thanks again.

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    You might want to try system restore and see if you have a recent restore point. Sounds like something happened when you were trying to delete those other drives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Porter View Post
    Thanks for the effort. Tried the unhide drives but didn't work. I believe because the drives are not showing up in "Device Manager" that only some type of hardware "enable" will work in this instance. I'm trying to get away with not restoring from Acronis even though my backup is only a few days old. Seems to me there has to be some sort of switch here to enable the system to recognize the drives that are being presented at "Post." Thanks again.
    Have you checked the physical connections?

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    Hi Kevin:

    Tried the "System Restore" but I guess the restore time was too close to the event as it didn't do any good. Will look again to see if I have a point a little older and give that a try. If not, then I guess I'll do a complete restore from Acronis. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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    Hey Joe:

    Yes, tried physical connections and they're AOK. Suspect some sort of Software switch has to be the problem here as it effectively killed the drives right at the "Device Manager." level. Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Porter View Post
    Hey Joe:

    Yes, tried physical connections and they're AOK. Suspect some sort of Software switch has to be the problem here as it effectively killed the drives right at the "Device Manager." level. Thanks again

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    Have you tried forcing Device Manage to scan for hardware changes?

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    Hi Joe:

    Yup, I've tried that and negative results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Porter View Post
    Yup, I've tried that and negative results.
    See Windows 7 Not Recognizing DVD Drive | Windows 7 News.

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    Hi Joe:

    Thanks for the second idea. I tried both of the tricks fro Win 7 News and neither of them worked for me. So, as I mentioned earlier, I looked at older restore points. Found one that left most of my newer stuff intact and thankfully, it worked out.
    Thank all of you for your thoughtful suggestions and research.

    Let's consider this thread closed.

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