I believe my DVD drive has died. The access LED flashes continuously, the drive will not open (it is empty) and it no longer appears under my computer.
I have checked all of the connections inside, but to no avail. My hard drive LED is permanently on. The computer still works but is incredibly slow to boot up. I wonder if this 'slowness' is caused by the faulty drive and wish to disconnect it.
The drive is daisy chained to my CD rewriter. Can I simply take the IDE cable and power supply out and leave the drive in situ until a replacement is obtained?
The computer can no longer see the drive. It isn't listed anywhere. I have even used SiSoft Sandra and that can't find it either. I think the 'slowness' of the machine is caused by the processor looking for the disappeared dvd drive, hence me asking if I can disconnect it.