CD & DVD Drives gone missing

  jessej 22:59 26 May 2006

The CD Drive (D) and the DVD Drive (E) have disappeared from Control Panel. I checked Device Manager and they are not shown there either.
In the Send To menu they are both still listed but with a red question mark against each of them.
The only thing that comes to mind that may have caused this is that a Grand-daughter downloaded some music to an MP3 Player, but I don't understand how that might have affected them. The only reason I mention this is because I read something about this happening sometime ago, but can't recall where or what the cure was.
So, the big question is, how do I get them back?
As always, any help greatly appreciated.

  RobCharles1981 23:02 26 May 2006

Might be that the IDE Cables might have come loose you need too look inside your computer too check

  johnnyrocker 23:02 26 May 2006

if xp why not try system restore?


  Stuartli 23:36 26 May 2006

Uninstall both drive from Device Manager and reboot.

Windows should Find New Hardware and reinstall the drives.

  jessej 10:15 27 May 2006

Thank you for your replies. System Restore seems the best bet at present and I'll give it a try. I can't uninstall them from Device Manager as they are missing from there as well.

  jessej 10:41 27 May 2006

Since my last post, before using System Restore I checked Device Manager again, and My Computer. Both have now re-appeared and, after checking, seem to be working O.K.
So as to what happened, I think that will have to go down as one of lives mysteries, unless, of course, someone out there can give me an explanation.

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