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Hard drive and optical drive only work when IDE cables are disconnected

Question: Hard drive and optical drive only work when IDE cables are disconnected

I was given a pc (asus K8N-E) the problem is that although it powers up, mobo light works cpu fan spins and system fan spins front panel lights work, the hard drive and optical drive wont power up unless i disconnect the IDE cables, when disconnected the hard drive spins and the light on and drawer on the optical drive work. its as if the IDE is somehow disabled, i have tried different cables but to no avail any help appreciated.

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Answer: Hard drive and optical drive only work when IDE cables are disconnected

hi

check that the cables are plugged in the right way round, the red stripe on the cable goes next to the power socket on the device and the board is usually marked pin 1 or has a dot on it.

does it happen when you plug in a single device or only when you plug in both.

are you using seperate cables or are you putting both devices on the same cable.

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EDIT: Nevermind, I decided to do one last search and came up with another thread that has answered my question.
I recently purchased a Samsung SH-B123 blu ray drive, I presumed like my old DVD drive it would need a 4-pin power connector + either an IDE or sata cable to connect it up.

On the back of my new drive, there is no power connector, the only connector on the back looks like it would need something like this or perhaps this to connect it up.

I dont know which cable I need to buy to connect this up to my PC and if someone could point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated.

Thanks for any help in advance.

Answer:Optical drive and cables question

Just to make sure that thread you found properly answered your question:
SATA drives need SATA power connectors, rather than the old 4-pin molex connectors found on IDE drives. You can get converters for 4-pin molex -> SATA power.

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i'm wondering if the audio cables for optical cdrw/dvdrw drives are necessary, because i have two cdrw burners in my computer right now using both my audio channels, and i'm looking into buying a new dvdrw drive, if i don't plug in a audio cable for that drive what will happen? and is there a way that my mobo can support another audio channel if i have to?

i have a p4p800s motherboard by the way thanks for the help!

Answer:optical drive audio cables?

i am not sure but i think that audio cable only applies if you plug headphones into the drive on the front

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Hi there, I have just built a system running:
Asus p8p67 motherboard
Intel i5 2500k
Ati 6850 graphics car
Windows 7 ultimate x64
8gb ddr3 1333

My issue is, after removing my sata optical drive, the computer blue screens at windows loading screen and restarts. If I connect the optical drive back in, everything works fine.
I have tested this several times and its always the same scenario.
Both my sata3 hdd and normal sata optical drive are connected to the 6G/b ports on the motherboard.
I have installed the latest videocard drivers and all my mboard drivers are installed.

Does anyone know why my computer works fine with the optical drive connected but blue screens if i disconnect it?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Answer:Blue screen if optical drive disconnected

Does anyone have any suggestions, or things i could try?

Thanks

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Is there a program taht will allow for this, that is relatively cheap, or is there a way to do it without using a program?
 

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I installed a second hard drive in place of the DVD drive and now when my computer is plugged in it won't charge (it says plugged in, not charging).  I can't imagine that the power adapter isn't able to handle a second hard drive because I've seen plenty of people that said they put two hard drives in their w530.  Is there some kind of driver or setting that I need to reset to make this work again?  I'm on windows 8.1 by the way so a lot of the solutions I've found by googling do not apply to my system.

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Neither came with any cables, so I need to know what cables I'll need and what to do with them.
 

Answer:Cables for hard drive and disk drive

 

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H Guys,Need help with this one. Got three Dell Latitude C810 Laptops and all three are coming up with the same message. Primary Hard Drive: NoneFixed Optical Drive: Not installed.I am very comfortable around computers / laptops  and thought I knew my way around them until now.The hard drives are all brand new 40GB IDE hard drives that work fine on other laptops (tested them). The laptops have the HD adapters fitted before I installed them in the laptops. Even bought three replacement adapters - just in case. Did not make any difference.When the units power up, they go through POST, spend ages on the splash screen and the error messages come up.The HD and Optical Drive is not registering in BIOS.I read somewhere to take out the battery, unplug laptop from mains and hold power botton for 30 seconds or so. Tried that no luck.Also read somewhere to have the Caps, Num and Scroll keys all on in or before going into BIOS and do the Alt+E, Alt+F and Alt+B. The Alt+B combination was supposed to be held until the laptop reboots itself. Held them down for almost a minute and nothing happened. Laptop did not reboot. The Alt+F did reset the Laptops Bios to default setting and dates, and nothing more. They still did not register the HD or Optical Drive.I have swapped out HDs, DVD ROMs, with or without battery, Swapped out RAMs - ram memtest on another laptop. They all came back okay.This is really thrown me and I'd realy appreciate some assitance.Cheers guys.KS

Answer:Dell Latitude C810 Primary hard drive : None Fixed optical drive : Not Installed

Dead CMOS batteries ? ?May be worth trying replacing 1 at least to see...

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Hi,

I disabled the optical drive from Windows System folder because it was faulty and slowing down my computer.

However, now, a virus has stopped from starting Windows.

Since this configuration of Windows on the Hard Drive, can I replace the Hard Drive with a new one so it can:

A. Reset my configuration to allow a Windows Installation disk to boot up from the "newly installed" optical drive,

B. Erase any prior infected files I may have had on the previous Hard Drive.

Thank you,

P.S.

The computer is a Dell Inspirion 2200 Notebook.

Answer:I cannot boot my install cd from my optical drive? Should I replace my hard drive?

Go into your BIOS and make sure the CD drive is the first boot device
Use the recovery CD that came with your computer and boot to it

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I bought myself a SATA caddy to replace the optical drive on my Lenovo Z51-70, with a 2.5" SATA Drive.The caddy and the hard drive work, as tested on another HP Laptop.But on my Z51-70, the Hard drive is not detected, either in BIOS, or within Windows itself. I checked the Device Manager and Disk Management, but it is not visible anywhere like it is on my HP Laptop. Any and all help and suggestions will be appreciated!I desperately need this to work!Please Help! 

Answer:Z51-70 2nd Hard Drive via SATA Caddy to replace Optical Drive.

Lenovo released a new bios update! Did you try it?

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Hi,
I am trying to replace my optical drive with a HDD Caddy with a Seagate 2TB HDD. When I start my laptop with the drive installed both my bios and os don't recognized it. If I start my laptop and then slide the caddy into the optical bay my os picks it up immediately. If I restart the computer the drive is gone. I have discussed with the caddy manufacturer and they aren't sure what the issue is. I have updated all my drivers and my bios via Dell's website.
Can anyone provide some insight?
Thank you.

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I recently replaced my hard drive with a SSD and put a fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium edition on my laptop. I've had a lot of trouble getting all the drivers to work but fixing the optical drive seems to be giving me the most trouble. I've looked around on this website and on several forums. I've gone into the device manager where the DVD/CD-ROM DRIVE entry only appears when I select to see hidden devices, and even then it is not the optical drive that is installed but something to do with my android phone so scanning for hardware changes makes no difference. I have seen tips on going into the registry to delete two files named upperfilters and lowerfilters, neither of which exist in my registry.  The drive can be seen from my BIOS but appears nowhere else. When I insert a disc I can hear and feel it moving so the hardware is still functioning.  When I installed the new hard drive, I did not unplug anything else so I am certain that the drive is just as connected as it was before when it was working properly. Any other suggestions?

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I have two identical hard drives connected as master and slave on primary ide channel, and two optical drives on secondary ide. The problem is that the slave hard drive will only run in pio mode, and not udma mode 5 (as the primary does). The upshot of this is that any file transfer to or from my slave drive results in 100% cpu usage, and it's very annoying. As I have an uptodate motherboard do you think that putting a hdd on each ide channel with optical as slave would speed things up?

Answer:Hard drive- optical drive configuration problem

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Is it possible to replace the optical drive with a 2nd hard drive?  I've installed a 128GB SSD as my primary drive on my Y560.  I'm interested in disassembling the laptop and replacing the Optical Drive with a secondary hard drive for storage.  It doesn't appear that the DVD Drive is designed to be removed, but is it possible with some effort to replace?

Answer:Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

found this when searching for the same thing..http://newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=253

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I have a T400 without optical drive. Want to change hard drive.  What's the easiest way to copy OS and files to the new hd? Thanks.

Answer:How to change hard drive on system without optical drive

Hello, I would suggest to use Acronis True Image. Make a clone of your hdd onto an usb-drive.  Then attach your new hdd into your system (the other way round won“t work!)and play back the image from your external hdd. Please read here for further suggestions.Message Edited by Agotthelf on 21-11-2008 07:31 PM

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My computer has 2 hard drives, a CD Writer & a DVD Rom. I have used the same cable to connect the 2 hard drives to the IDE port 0, one hard drive is set as master & other slave, I have done the same with the CD Writer & DVD Rom to IDE 1. Is this an ideal way to connect the devices.

Answer:Hard Drive & Optical Drive Connections

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So I'm currently trying to install a game, for some reason at the exact same point every time i am getting an error that says: Cyclic Redundancy Check Error. Ive been all over the internet looking for solutions to this problem but none of them are working for my situation. Most people say it is either a problem with the disk or the hard drive itself, but i have gone back to the store where i bought the game and got a new disk so the disk cannot be the problem as it stops at the same place regardless. Also my hard drive cannot be the problem because i have tried installing it to both my computers hard-drive as well as an external drive which leaves me no option but to believe it is a problem with the optical drive. Since i have a laptop i cant dismantle anything to clean / make sure the drive is connected properly. I dont know if there is a solution to this problem short of having to send my computer to a proffessional / back to the manufacturer but if anything i have done is wrong then i would love a suggestion of what i could possibly do to fix this problem. I am also not against revisiting my hard drive being at issue if anyone still thinks it is the problem.

Please Assist,
Cheers,
Jias
 

Answer:Optical Drive / Possible Hard-drive problem

I find it difficult to follow the instructions on that site, i'm kinda new when it comes to using cmd, if you could possibly break it down into a "exactly what i should type" kinda thing that would really be appretiated
 

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I'm on the verge of buying a T430, and I was wondering whether having an SSD as my primary hard drive (on which I would have the operating system only) and then using a 500GB hard drive in place of the optical drive. My reasoning is I want a fast boot time, and also the storage on the SSDs aren't that big, and I do need a lot of space. Are there any performance issues (eg slower) when using the added hard drive?  I was thinking of installing all my programs on there.  I read on a YouTube comment that having the second hard drive creates 'bottlenecking' and slows things down.   













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Answer:T430 and hard drive instead of optical drive

Be sure the SSD height profile is compatible with the 430. I believe they're using a thinner drive not the 9.5mm is standard. Verify before you order a drive if thats the system you're wanting.Momentus drives are 9.5mm from the data sheet of their website.As for slowing down I say not. You can put the swap file etc on the 2nd drive and that would reduce write access to the SSD for temp data. You will need the storage and or target for a backup image so IMO its a must.





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Hi Guys  So I decided to replace my internal Optical Drive with the orginal Hard Drive that came with the laptop, I used a caddy which I bought from eBay and all went well and works well. I have noticed one issue though, with the original Optical Drive there is a little screw which goes through the end of the optical drive and into the main section of the laptop under the keyboard (I hope people know what I mean). Anyway with the replacement caddy it does not have this hole for the screw so I am unable to secure the caddy in place.  What this all means is that I can literally pull the caddy out of laptop while using it as it's not secured, has anyone else performed this replacement and had this issue and know what can be done to secure it (other than blue tack or something). Thanks in advance

Answer:Replaced Optical Drive with Hard Drive

Bump

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 Hey all! Just posting to see if anyone has experience with upgrading their Lenovo laptops/notebooks with 2nd hard drives through the use of hard drive caddys? I have been looking through this website which includes many 'how-to's and video guides on the process. There are also plenty on youtube. However I am reluctant to go out on a limb.http://www.newmodeus.com They have entire production lines dedicated to certain brands of laptops and notebooks and this includes Lenovo. However, I couldn't find one for my specific model, G570, but I am able to find them for the G430/G530G560. Link: http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_7&products_id=290 Are the dimensions of these laptops the same as the G570? Other Links I thought might fit the G570 if its possiblehttp://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=46http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_7&products_id=45

Answer:Swapping out Optical Drive for 2nd Hard Drive, Anyone done it?

it should fit.

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Ok, I have this cable that is for my HD and apparently my CD drive. It is an EIDE cable (the flat one with the single colored wire labeled as #1[I think that's right]). So anyways, I have to stretch this cable to connect my CD Drive to the HD to the mobo, and it is really hard to get them together because the cable is just out of reach of connecting. The cable is labeled as the "HD Cable" with 3 connectors: 1 that connects to the mobo, that connects to teh "Master" and one that connects to the "Slave". I also have this other EIDE cable that is labeled as "CD Drive Cable". Can I just use that cable to connect the CD drive to the mobo? This question is probably hard to follow, but I tried explaining it as best I could. I wil try to get pics of the cables. Thanks for the help.

Answer:Hard Drive and CD Drive Cables?

LOL

Sounds like you got one of those DELL comps (or insert your mass-PC producer name instead).

If your mobo has two controller ports (where your ribbon cables connect to) then yes. Just go buy another flat-ribbon cable (make sure it's the right kind) and hook'em up. Put the drives on the end connectors, not the middle ones, and yer all set.

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My backup drive(500gb) says it is disconnected. I am unable to run my backups. I am using Win 10 pro on a HP desktop. I have replaced the drive, but it still says disconnected. I can see the drive in explorer so I know it is not physically disconnected. How do I reconnect it?

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So i temporarily connected my dad's old hard drive to my computer to erase it before he got rid of it (it was horribly messed up). I connected it, it read it had 75.5 MB buy it was a 120gb drive (ya, really messed up) and i couldnt erase it so i just disconnected it and gave it back.
Now, the drive still appears as my C drive and i cant seem to get rid of it.
The drive was IDE and i operate off a partitioned SATA.
I really need to get rid of this drive for good, im trying to install things that will only install the C:\, and that's full

Please HELP!!!
Jordan
 

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Question: Hard Drive Cables

Hello,I'm using Win7, intel i5, asus motherboardThis morning I tried to boot my PC and I got an error message; "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"I have 2 HDs. I disconnected the SATA cables from both drives, but left the cables connected to the motherboard. I then then reconnected my OS HD with the storage HD's cable. I am wondering if if the BIOS registers cable swaps like that?

Answer:Hard Drive Cables

The answer to your question has to be qualified.Some companies, like HP, will detect any change and  report it ti the user for confirmation. But many other PCs will not report the change.Also, there can be other issues.  Such as:A failing hard driveA failing power supplyA failing firmware chipSomething elseBut don't give up. It may be that just swapping the drive cables will fix the problem. Sometimes it is just that easy. No harm in trying, the cables are identical.

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Question: Hard Drive cables?

i just this MB http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/sock...1/overview.htm

i have everything set up but i can't find the connection for my CD rom, any idea where it goes i see one for HD,and For floppy nothing alse

Answer:Hard Drive cables?

hmmm, i think it should have 1 for the floppy, 1 for the HDD and one for CD-ROM. Looks to me like there are 3, put the floppy in it's slot and then the cdrom i think should go in the black one and hd in the last.

You might want to verify this, i dont want to mess up your pc.

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Question: Hard Drive Cables

I'm having trouble figuring out what cables to use on my hard drive. Here are two pictures of my hard drive.

http://attachments.techguy.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=226155&stc=1&d=1377146566
http://attachments.techguy.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=226156&stc=1&d=1377146579

I want to connect it to my laptops eSATA port, I know I need a SATA to eSATA cable for that but what about the port on the left? What cable do I use for that?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Cables

What you have there (for the picture on the left) Is a sata port which consists of two connections. the smaller connection for the Data, the larger connection for the Power. If you were to connect this Hard Drive to your laptop with eSATA, you would need a converter that converts the sata connection to eSATA. (That is all you need, no extra software required.)
 

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What cables do I need to connect my new hard drive(SATA) up? I just bought a Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB Serial ATA II 7200RPM Hard Drive but I didnt click on the one with cables(by mistake) I already have another hard drive running but its not SATA. I want to have them both running. From what I have read I apprently need a SATA II Data Cable but I was just wondering if thats all I need or will I need more than just that one cable. Sorry guys I feel dumb for asking this but I am so not a hardware person.
 

Answer:Cables(Hard Drive) HELP!

Probably this, as long as your motherboard has SATA connections. If not, you can get a SATA controller which plugs into a PCI slot



http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SATA-Serial-A...1QQihZ013QQcategoryZ74941QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
 

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Ok. I recentley had two hard drives working. I took my "Storage" hard drive out so I could install windows on another one because the other computer wouldnt boot from the CD. Anyways, when I try to put my "Storage" Hard drive back on it doesnt seem to work. Sometimes it gives me weird characters in it reads the drives on startup and other times it wont start.

Could this possibly be bad IDE cables? Right now im running my main hard drive off of my slave.

Thanks.

Answer:Help - Hard Drive and IDE cables!

Could be....but most likely it is the placement.
Can you give me a description of how the drives are connected to the IDE controllers?
There should be labels on your motherboard for "IDE1" and "IDE2". Also, give us a layout of which drives are on which portion of the IDE cable.

Thanks,
-Mike

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I posted this once and got no response, Ill try to word it differently. I am hooking up my hard drive. Its a seagate 80gb sata. I am planning on hooking it up in raid 0. There are 2 cables that I can hook up to my hard drive. I have a small cable(serial ata) and a larger cable(20 pin I belive). Do I need to hook up both cables to my hard drive and mobo or just one of them? I am stuck on this one. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Hooking up hard drive cables

you only have to hook up one of it, in this case, the SATA.

btw, raid 0 requires minimum of 2 Hdisks which I am sure u know it already :-)

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I bought a hard drive off of Amazon to boost how much data I can have on my computer, and I didn't realize it was SATA. I only have IDE cables. Regardless, I spotted something that looks like some type of SATA (I don't know whether it is power or data), but having only seen pictures in online "How to install internal hard drive" tutorials, I wasn't sure. What I need is for someone to tell me whether what I found is used for data with SATA or power with SATA (if either), and basically, what I need to make the SATA hard drive work with my computer. I have a 3-type IBE cable, so it has an extra 40 pin thingy, and I was told such a thing as a IDE to SATA converter existed. I don't even know which is for power and which is for data. Could someone please explain that? Thank you. Sorry for being so lost (I only know what the cables are due to a little independent research).

Visuals, you say? Voila! (I unplugged the the 40 pin thingys so that the view was less obstructed)

Answer:Have a SATA hard drive and only IBE cables

Here is what a data input looks like.

I can't tell from your picture - can you get any closer?

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Are the ribbon cables for the DVD/ROM drives the same as the ones hooking up the hard drives? In other words, are they inter-changeable or do they have different pin-outs?
 

Answer:Ribbon cables for DVD/ROM and hard drive

As far as I know, I'm pretty sure they're the same. I've been able to interchange them, so I think they must be.
 

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ok here is my problem. My hard drive will work with bios saying it is set up as the thing below the master on the bios. But i have 2 cd drives and when i hook up my cd burner it doesn't say the hard drive is there. I need to no how to hook all the cables up in the computer. If anyone knows where i can find pictures and diagrams that would be great. The hard drive has to be set under master (i think) so the burner will work.

Thanks Alot

Answer:How to hook Hard Drive up to Cables

You want to the hard drive with the OS on as master, only the first IDE cable for it to work properly.

The cd drives doesn't need to be set in any order.


I would put the Harddrive on the first IDE cable, with it on master, with nothing else on it. The 2 cd burners on the other cable.

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I have an older Dell PC, and I ran into a roadblock while trying to add a second SATA2 hard drive. The problem is with the available power cables. Its my understanding that the drives need to be hooked up in series in addition to setting the pins on the slave drive in order for them to function correctly. Is this right? The one spare power cable I have with series connectors is too short to reach the bottom of the case where the drives are (its actually designed for 2 CD/DVD roms and a floppy drive, but I'm sure it would work if it could reach!) I spent a while going through newegg.ca's inventory and unfortunately I can only find Y-cord splitters which would put the drives in parallel, not series. Would anyone be able to help me find what I need? Secondly, I was wondering what the difference between the 5 and 4 wire power cables. My system has 5 wire cables (red, orange, black, black, white) while all of the ones I see on newegg are four wire cables. Are they interchangeable, or would I need a converter? Any help or clarification would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:2nd hard drive & power cables

SATA drives have no slave or master designation, and no need to set jumpers.
For power, you need a Molex/SATA adapter like this one:
http://www.satacables.com/html/molex-to-sata-power-15-pin-ada.html
Don't worry about Parallel/Series.
 

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I have an ATA (IDE) 40-pin interface connector and a new SATA hard drive. How should I connect the SATA hard drive to my computer?If you need more hardware information, I can PM you an EVEREST Home Edition report.

Answer:Hard Drive Interface Cables

If your motherboard does not have a SATA connector, you'll need to install a sata controller card.

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I installed a new DVD program and my DVD Rom stopped responding. When I checked he Device Manager It said "A driver (service) for this device has been disabled. An alternate driver may be providing this functionality. (Code 32)"

Please advise me on the actions I need to take.

Answer:optical drive does not work

I installed a new DVD program and my DVD Rom stopped responding.Hi -Can you please give a few more details, and include the program you installed ??Was there any reason for installing this program, did you try to run it, and did it ever run at all ??Thank You -

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My DVD writer icon is not displayed in "My Computer". & even it doesn't come outside when I click on its power button. So I can't even place a CD/DVD on its respective position. Please assist me what to do..
 

Answer:Optical Drive Does Not Work

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...and guess what? It doesnt work anymore.

Sometimes the BIOS will recognize the hard drive. I tried to load up [email protected] Boot disk and run Disk Check on it, but it froze at about 22% completed.

I know that its not a good thing to unplug while the HD is being accessed but it was a mistake.

Does anyone have any tips for me to try? It doesnt seem completely bricked yet.
 

Answer:Disconnected hard drive during a file transfer

Get the drive test utility from the manufacturers website and run it. If it fails you may be able to low-level format the drive and make it useable again. All data would be lost though
 

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I have an external hard drive that I use daily for backups. It has been disconnected for almost a week while a tech downloaded Windows 7 to my computer.

When it is connected again, will it catch up on the information that it missed or just start from the day it was reconnected?
 

Answer:Solved: external hard drive disconnected

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Ok guys the story so far i have recieve my new 250GB hard drive my bios recognises it as a primary and a slaveall ok so far, XP doesnt recognise it in my computer settings but does if you go to control panel system then device manager any ideas below previous postingP.s. how do you turn below in to the words CLICK HEREclick here

Answer:Hard Drive + Cables 250Gb Continued

You need to go to right click on My Computer and choose 'Manage' then Disk management.You will see the drive in the list. Right click on the left hand box and choose 'initialize'. When this is done right click on the right hand side and choose 'New partition'. When you have done this right click again and choose 'Format'

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I'm working on a friends OLDER pc.. P133, 48mb,1.2gb, WIN95. I suspected memory failure because of several BSOD screens. Using memtest86, it was confirmed. I pulled 2 of 4 memory chips out. In order to get at them, I had to pull the cd and IDE cables from mb. I powered up pc, without re-connecting the 2 cables (duh), and of course wouldn't boot. so I powered down, re-connected cables, and now system will not recognize hard drive. The bios will not auto-detect, and even if I enter User-defined values for hard drive, it still will not detect. I changed to new cables, still nothing. When I boot up, system tells me HARD DISK FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. Inserting Startup diskette, I get msg "no drives found, aborting installation", then goes back to A:. Any ideas?
 

Answer:NO Hard drive detected after unplugging cables

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I recently bought an OEM Serial ATA Hard Drive as well as a Serial ATA Cable. IS there any other cables that i need for the drive such as power cables ect? Sorry if this is a stupid question

Answer:Cables Needed for a SATA Hard Drive?

You may need a special SATA power connector. Some drives have molex connectors as well, but others don't. You can get molex to SATA adaptors I think.

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My PC recently decided to stop booting after the POST screen so I stripped out all of the components out of it so all that was left connected were the CPU and the power supply. I turned it on, and it beeped a few times asking for memory which was fine, so i added the memory, turned it on again and it beeped once, everything fine.

Then I added my graphics card, again it beeped once saying everything is fine and it posts ok asking for a hard drive but when I try adding the hard drive which is an IDE drive with an IDE slot on the motherboard (its a older type of board) and start it, it beeps constantly, fast constant beeps and hangs on the detection of a hard drive after it posts and sometimes even the cpu fan stops spinning (to which i turn it off immediately). It does this even if I have just the ide ribbon cable just attached to the motherboards ide slot without the hard drive connected to it, and it also does this on the secondary ide slot i have on my motherboard. When I remove the cable the beeping stops. I dont think it could be a problem with the power supply as I have tried the power supply in another machine I have (which is a lot slower ) and it works fine.

Is my motherboard dead or is there a way to fix this?
Motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-8I865GME-775-RH

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:PC will not boot when hard drive cables plugged in

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optical drive failure on my XP system. It powers up on my laptop (novatech laptop approx 4 yrs old), it opens and closes when pressed - so it has power supply - but it doesnt appear on "my computer" and CD's wont play -they just sit there, nothing happens.Any ideas on how to get it going or am i looking at buying (££$$££) an external optical drive?

Answer:Optical Drive fails to work - woe -

No CD/DVD or CD-ROM access is missing error Code 19, Code 31, Code 32, Code 39, or Code 41 Try this if the optical drives are not appearing in My Computer or Device Manager. (This is sometimes caused by the removal of Roxio or other writing software.) click hereDownload XP_CD-DVD-Fix.zip and save this file to your hard drive. Navigate to where you saved it and double click the file to extract the contents. Locate the EXE file you extracted and double click it. A confirmation dialog will appear when the script is done. You may need to reboot for the change to take effect.This utility is only intended for Windows® XP, but also appears to work for Vista. You may need Administrator level access to use this utility. If you do not have Administrator level access, the program will say it is finished, but will not have made any changes.click here works for vista or XPorRun regedit and navigate to registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\ {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}. Highlight it and in the right pane, find the Upperfilters and Lowerfilters values. Highlight each one in turn, right click and delete them. Close regedit and restart the computer. If in doubt make a restore point before making changes. click here

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Hi,I need some help everytime i insert a cd (dvd, movie, music, software, any kind!) in the optical drive but the PC does not find any discCan someone please help me fix this?? And if I have to download the drive, where can I do it and how??OS: Windows 10 I hope someone can help methank you in advance!!!  PS: Device shows this name PLDS DVD-RW DU8A6SHController IDE ATA/ATAPI: Intel(R) 100 Series/C230 Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller 

Answer:Think Pad P70 - OPTICAL DRIVE WON'T WORK (PLDS DVD...

A couple of questions:
 
Does the drive show in the Device Manager?
 
Is it visible in "ThisPC->Devices and Drives"?
 
Is this the factory configuration or have you added addtional drives or partitioned an existing one(s)?
 
Did you install the Power DVD suite in the preload software?

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Hi everyone, My BluRay optical drive stopped recognizing any disk I insert!  It treats any disk as like there is no disk is inserted!! What is going on, and how to solve this problem? Looking forward for any help .. Thanks Regards,Yasser

Answer:BD Optical Drive Dose Not Work!

In all likelihood the drive has failed and needs to be replaced.If your machine is in warranty you need to contact HP support so you can get a new drive.

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I have T430 with additional hard drive (HDD) put in Ultrabay. Every second system startup ( or wake up ) PC loses connection with HDD. it simply doesn't see it ( just before my log in - HDD diode is turning off.)It is strange because always every second system starup everything is ok. Any idea what is going on? Is it rather software problems or hardware might be damaged? PC is brand new, it has Win 8.

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I have an Acer Power FH system with a Memorex CD/DVD optical drive.
Was using Windows XP and just did a clean install of 7 on a new drive.

The drive doesn't show up in my computer, or in device manager. It was available in XP and shows in BIOS. It showed briefly the first time I booted into windows 7, but when I double clicked it, it disappeared and never came back.

Maybe relevant: - it's a PATA drive and I'm using an adapter to connect it to one of the SATA slots on the motherboard. Dunno if it matters but it's set as a slave on channel 3, with the win7 boot drive being the master on channel 3. My other drives, both PATA and SATA, are showing up ok.

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Fixes I've googled that don't work:

? Removing upperlimit and lowerlimit registry entries at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

? Disabling driver signing verification under the windows 7 boot options

? Manually disabling via command line with bcdedit -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS

? Downloading windows updates, including
Download details: Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB974332)

? Showing hidden devices in device manager, scanning for new hardware, useless windows troubleshooter.

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Am I hosed or what? Time to buy a new drive? Maybe rearranging things so the drive is connected via IDE cable?

Answer:Missing optical drive... none of the fixes work

Hello CreeDo,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

There may be a setting in bios to activate the sata port.

Hope this helps.

Gary

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The USBs are not available for booting (F12) nor is the optical drive working (no light). I have enabled the USB in the BIOS. When running W7 no USB is working when I connect an USB stick. Looking in the BIOS Startup the USB FDD is marked with a minus sign. Any clue?  













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Answer:T61 - 7660-16G USBs/Optical drive does not work

I wasn't sure what model you meant.  I guessed x220 notebook.  If that isn't correct, post back and I will move it again.
 
First, look in the device manager and see if the USB port show up.
 
The port on the left is on a different hub from the one on the right.  Do they (not) work the same?
 
Look in the BIOS under security/I-O Port access and confirm USB isn't turned off.

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I have an ASUS BC-12B1ST SATA combo drive that works great from a cold boot, but never comes online after a reboot. It's done this since install a year or so ago, and it's not bothered me much because I was leaving the machine on 24/7 for BOINC anyways.

I had a MB & processor fry out lately, likely due to prolonged high load from running BOINC on 4 to 6 cores full throttle for 2 years plus. After that, I decided no more BOINC for this machine, and once I got parts in, including a fresh mobo, processor, and PSU, I have been shutting the machine down when not in use. It's really just an annoyance that I can't reboot if I want to use the optical drive. Of course this happens only if I've had updates that require a reboot.

As I said, it's done this since day 0. I imagine it's due to a power conditioning/protection function within the drive that prevents it from operating on what it sees as poor quality power. Anyone have an idea how to change this behavior?

Edit:
I should also point out that, during a reboot, the activity light on the drive doesn't come on at all, and that the eject button doesn't do anything. It acts as though the drive isn't powered. Windows doesn't see the drive, but I wouldn't expect it to if the drive itself is refusing to power on. I'll go through the fixes mentioned in the kb article mentioned by Shimshom anyways, just in case. I'll report back if anything changes.

Edit 2:
Even though I didn't have a yellow exclamation in device manager, I went thr... Read more

Answer:Optical Drive doesn't work after reboot.

Have a look at this article and hope it might help
Your CD or DVD drive is not recognized by Windows or other programs

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My optical drives (two Memorex DVD+_RAM 530L) had been working just fine for the past few months. Today they don't. In device manager, they are showing up as down (Yellow Yield sign). They don't show up on My Computer. I went to the Memorex site and downloaded the appropriate driver, unzipped and get a message that it's the wrong driver. I tells me what the driver is for, and it's for the exact model I have. What's going on?
 

Answer:Optical Drive Drivers don't work all the sudden

What's the OS?
Delete these drives in device manager and reboot.
 

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Hello all!
I need some help everytime i insert a cd (dvd, movie, music, software, any kind!) in the optical drive the compute shows no response. I checked the Device Manager and it shows a yellow mark..
Can someone please help me fix this?? And if I have to download the drive, where can I do it and how??
 
I hope someone can help me
thank you in advance!!! 
 
PS: Device shows this name PLDS DVD-RW DA8A5SH
 
 
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

Answer:Z40-70 - OPTICAL DRIVE WON'T WORK (PLDS DVD-RW DA8A5SH)

Hello all!
I need some help everytime i insert a cd (dvd, movie, music, software, any kind!) in the optical drive the compute shows no response. I checked the Device Manager and it shows a yellow mark..
Can someone please help me fix this?? And if I have to download the drive, where can I do it and how??
 
I hope someone can help me
thank you in advance!!! 
 
PS: Device shows this name PLDS DVD-RW DA8A5SH
 
 
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

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The USBs are not available for booting (F12) nor is the optical drive working (no light). I have enabled the USB in the BIOS. When running W7 no USB is working when I connect an USB stick. Looking in the BIOS Startup the USB FDD is marked with a minus sign. Any clue?  













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Answer:T61 - 7660-16G USBs/Optical drive does not work

I wasn't sure what model you meant.  I guessed x220 notebook.  If that isn't correct, post back and I will move it again.
 
First, look in the device manager and see if the USB port show up.
 
The port on the left is on a different hub from the one on the right.  Do they (not) work the same?
 
Look in the BIOS under security/I-O Port access and confirm USB isn't turned off.

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The USBs are not available for booting (F12) nor is the optical drive working (no light). I have enabled the USB in the BIOS. When running W7 no USB is working when I connect an USB stick. Looking in the BIOS Startup the USB FDD is marked with a minus sign. Any clue?  













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Answer:T61 - 7660-16G USBs/Optical drive does not work

I wasn't sure what model you meant.  I guessed x220 notebook.  If that isn't correct, post back and I will move it again.
 
First, look in the device manager and see if the USB port show up.
 
The port on the left is on a different hub from the one on the right.  Do they (not) work the same?
 
Look in the BIOS under security/I-O Port access and confirm USB isn't turned off.

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I lost my XP CD and had problems. So I took my pc to the local electronic's megastore with a tech dept. They reinstalled XP for me and when I tryed to install the software for my printer, I found that my optical drive didn't work. It briefly detects the CD, but won't load it to the drive. I ran sfc / scannow and found it demanded my OS CD to repair missing dll files to cache. So, I got a CD for XP Pro service pack 3 for refurbished PCs.(I still have my key code) Now, when it asks for my Win XP Pro service pack 3 CD, the drive doesn't detect the CD for repair or a complete reinstall. Is there a way out of this hall of hell?
 

Answer:Missing dll's in cache, optical drive won't work

rdj120 said:


So I took my pc to the local electronic's megastore with a tech dept. They reinstalled XP for me and when I tryed to install the software for my printer, I found that my optical drive didn't work.Click to expand...

Are you sure they actually reinstalled or OS, or maybe they took you for a ride?

It seems odd that they reinstalled your OS, but now you're missing Windows XP files.
 

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Hi, I've recently bought a new laptop, and im trying to transfer the files from my old computer on to it. However, my old computer isn't working at all. Is there anyway that I can transfer the files to my laptop by only using the hard disk drive?any help would be much appreciated!steve

Answer:transfer files directly from disconnected hard disk drive

Sure, provided that your old hard drive is in working order.  You can connect the old hard drive to your laptop via usb using an appropriate adapter.  See the attachment..  This adapter will accept PATA and SATA drives in various form factors. You may have to take ownership of files before copying, how this is done depends on the Operating System in use on your laptop, Google for info.Good luck[Saving space - attachment deleted by admin]

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I have an odd issue where a Samsung SSD that is no longer in my system is still showing. The weird thing is if I bring up the properties, and then populate the fields of the drive (by pressing the populate button), it shows the capacity of the newer drive which is double the size. This drive is not a Samsung drive though. So I'm not sure what's going on here - see picture where it clearly states (at the top) that I'm looking at the properties of a 250GB Samsung drive, but the populated fields show it to be a 480GB drive.

Answer:Device manager not correct - showing old disconnected hard drive

Have you tried uninstalling from Device Manager and rebooting??

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I have been on the phone 6 times and chats 4 times trying to get the nimrods at customer service to identify and sell me SATA cables for a second hard drive I purchased for my brand new 3668. I bought a 1TB 2.5 inch Seagate drive and it came without cables or mounting hardware.  NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO HELP ME!!  This is easy s*** my friends.  Two bloody cables.  One for power and the other data.  I have talked to Customer Care, Sales, Technical Support and they keep bouncing me around.
Does anyone have a phone number to Corporate I can call?  This is ridiculous.  I don't think I will EVER buy anything from Dell again.
> Frustrated Bob in NJ

Answer:Cables for 2nd hard drive - Inspiron 3668 - Idiots at Dell...

You don't need to buy cables from Dell. Open up your case and see what type of SATA III cable is being used and where to locate your new HDD. Do you need a SATA cable with a straight or a right angle connector at the ends? Do you need an 18 inch cable? Does your power supply have an extra power connector for your HDD? After you get this information go to Amazon or Newegg and order your cable; you don't need a Dell cable, SATA cables are industry standard. You will probably save some money and seeing the inside of your computer will help you plan the installation.
Be sure to look at the mounting of the existing HDD. What you may need from Dell is the hard-drive assembly with release tabs if it does not come with a spare assembly. See the Service Manual section on removing the HDD.

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I have an Edge 14. Intel i3 M370 model.  I ordered a OBHC and installed a 160 Gb SATA drive, loaded with WIN 7.  In the main drive bay I have an Ubuntu OS setup.Trying to set up a dual boot configuration.  But, when I boot the drive and enter the BIOS set up, the drive in the caddy doesn't show.  If I let it boot from the main drive, Ubuntu starts up. If I put the Ubuntu drive in the caddy and nothing in the main bay, "NO OPERATING SYSTEM." When I look at the computer in Ubuntu, the OS7 drive is there.  All three partitions (Lenovo, OS and startup).  I can mount them, etc.  When I use Disk Utility in Ubuntu, the drive shows up listed under the SATA controller and is located at position 2 of the SATA bus.   I updated the BIOS and it is now 1.26. Still no sign of the HDD in the caddy.  Very odd.  When I power up the computer, the LED in the caddy does light up. When I run sudo update-grub in Ubuntu, the WIN 7 loader shows up in the list.  So a bootable OS is seen.  But if I select WIN 7 loader in the GRUB list at boot, I get a "no such drive" message, and am lead back the the GRUB list. In the BIOS, the config menu, the startup list only includes HDD0.   Is there some secret BIOS trick I need to play?  Correct me if I'm wrong, but there aren't any jumper settings, etc. on a SATA drive, right?  Nothing there to change. Any suggestions would be very much appreci... Read more

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Back again with this issue and this thread started afresh as it appears the initial thread has been 'locked' ~ been awhile so that's aceptable.

I believe that the TSST TS-L633C DVD/CD RW on my system is actually dying slowly, now I cannot even use Toshiba DVD PLAYER to view DVDs. See http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/forums/message.jspa?messageID=204206#204206 for history.

Using the Windows 'FixIt' tool on a blank DVD got all the green ticks OK but when I went to play DVDs ~ Nothing!

The way the drive 'hunts' when I put any DVD into it, and then fails, suggests that the drive has been failing bit by bit and I ought to be looking for a new one. Shame really, 'cause I have not used this much at all, hence the long times between my replies to this forum.

So OK, where to from here.

The nearest service centre is 5 hours drive away and I'm not going to sent this laptop, to busy getting other stuff done and my financial resourses no longer allow me to simply replace this system and start from scratch.

I am prepared to buy another drive but cannot locate any online (new) and am not aware if there are any other brands / types that would be suitable.

Toshiba Satellite L500D PSLKOA-00U009 - TSST TS-L633C DVD/CD RW

Any ideas anyone?

Answer:Re: Satellite L500D - Cannot get Optical disc drive to work

To be honest the whole situation is strange to me and I think you spent too long time with all this.

In my opinion you should handle quick. The fist question is: is ODD defective or not?
The reasons why it doesn?t work with Toshiba DVD player is not relevant at all. You can test it with ?VLC media player? to see how it works.

So I recommend you to do follow:
You must not change your preinstalled OS that you use for work or anything else. Try to obtain other HDD. Exchange it and install OS again using recovery disc. Test ODD functionality with ?factory settings? to be sure the problem persists or not.

At the end, if you are ready to exchange the drive check user?s manuals and there you will find the list of all compatible optical disc drives you can use with your notebook model.

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Hello,I have this problem.. In both properties of the "C" and "S" drives are listed: Hp DvDRamGT80N Sata CdRom ( Optical)ST750LMO22HN-M750MBB Sata Disk My Dvd/Cd player is not working due to this conflict. I wish I could post a picture to explain better.  

Answer:Optical player and Hard drive ....

A picture might be helpful as the "conflict" is not clear.  While making a reply post, notice there is a place to insert a picture in the line of icons along the top of the post box.  In that line of icons, notice the symbol next to the paper clip.  Click on that symbol and direct the posting software to the location of the picture you took that will help show the problem.As long as the picture is located somewhere on the PC making the post.

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Does anyopne know if it's possible to buy an adaptor to fit a 3.5" hard drive into an optical drive bay in my PC tower case?I want to add a shiny new 1TB drive to fill up with video but the two hard drive bays are already occupied. I'd rather not take one of them out and I'd prefer the new drive be mounted internally, rather than attached via USB. I'm not after a removable caddy or anything like that, just something that will allow me to securely fit the drive.There's no problem with having enough SATA sockets in the motherboard or power connectors, it's just the mounting problem. Any thoughts?PaulC

Answer:Hard drive in optical disk bay

something likeclick here

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i`m building my first pc and i havent seen any revues of cd/dvd combo drives anyone got any suggestions for a decent/fast one.also any hard drive opinions

Answer:which optical drive / hard disc

Western Digital hard-disks are the most reliable. Seagate is a close second. Performance of both is excellent. Maxtor is not bad peformance-wise. Avoid IBM-Hitachi.I've no experience of combo optical drives.

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Hi guys, i wonder if you can offer any ideas here. I have a brand new T420s which came with an optical slot place holder piece of plastic. I removed this and popped in a 'Lenovo DVD Multi IV DVD Multi Recorder CD-RW' P/N 45N7453. It clicked into place fine, but the power light on it does not come on and the eject button does not work.This same drive works fine in 2 other T420s laptops my colleagues have, so the drive is ok. I tried disabling the optical drive in the bios, rebooting, re-enabling, rebooting but nothing. Is there anything else i can try or would you say its a board issue and i'm stuck with it ?

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HI again Toshiba users.

Since I've had my Satellite L500D I've had a problem with TSST corpCD/DVDW TS-L633C ODD. I run 3 OS ( Tri-boot ) and all have the same issue, so, even though I've upgraded the firmware to the TO02 version, I cannot get this drive to work reliably. Once in a while it will 'play' the DVD / CD but most often not.

Basically, when I put a DVD or CD in, the drive makes a "hunting" noise and nothing else happens.

I've been down several tracks from high-low registry settings, OS specific upgrading, and tonight a firmware upgrade.

Because of the propriety programs I use on this system I cannot surrender this unit to some 'tech shop', even if there was a local one.

I myself am a qualified technician in the electronic and electrical field but have not been exposed to the workings of such a DVD drive so seek guidance here before I put on the magnifying classware and go for a look.

My problem, what do I look for ?

Any suggestions anyone ?

Answer:Satellite L500D - Cannot get Optical disc drive to work reliably

Hello

Which Satellite L500D do you have exactly (L500D-xxx)?
Have you downloaded TO02 from Toshiba support and download page?

To be honest I don?t know what the problem can be but you can remove existing HDD, put other HDD, install OS using Toshiba recovery image (I hope you have created recovery DVD) and test ODD functionality with clean preinstalled OS (factory state).

If the problem persists maybe you should contact authorized Toshiba service provider and ask for help. They can check ODD and replace it if necessary.

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I have an Aspire E5-551 that I recently upgraded.  I replaced the stock hard drive with a Crucial SSD and maxed out the onboard RAM (came with 6gb, now has 16gb).  The system is blazing fast now.  Right now, I'm using the original HDD in an external USB enclosure for storage.  I wanted to look into the feasibility of putting the storage HDD onboard by means of a caddy that fits into the side bay that would otherwise fit the optical drive.  I have been able to find all kinds of options for the parts for this, but I wanted to check with the folks on this forum to see if anyone has ad any experiences with this idea and how well it works.  Any info anyone can pass along would be helpful.  Thanks.

Answer:Aspire E5-551 - adding 2nd hard drive in optical b...

Do you have a DVD drive in there now?You don't want to boot from it? http://www.ebay.com/itm/2nd-Hard-Disk-Drive-HDD-SSD-SATA-Caddy-Adapter-for-Acer-Aspire-V3-551G-V3-57...You should be able to put the bezel from your DVD on this too.You will also need to put on the bracket to secure it. 

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Hi ,      last week we purchased 40 new HP EliteDesk 800 G2 Tower PC for our office with freedos OS.I try to install Windows 8.1 Pro 64Bit Operating system on Pc but pc did,t boot show Hp logo but not boot from any device show blank window.I m also try to boot from Press F9 key and choose Optical drive from boot and install windows. After choose optical drive show window blank i m also try from Bootable USB result same.I open system side cover and remove wireless card (Tp-Link TL-WN78IND) From PCI Express x1 slot and try to boot from CD ROM this time system boot from cd rom and starting installing windows. this wireless card issue in PCI Express x1 slot.I install this card in PCI Express x16 slot this card working fine and did,t create any problem when i install windows etc. My Question is that why HP EliteDesk 800 G2 Tower PC system not boot when (Tp-Link TL-WN78IND) wireless card install in PCI Express x1 slot . Thanks

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I've got 2 hard drives, thinking about at least one more for a RAID system or for nothing but storage, and dumping DVD backups of everything I've got altogether because of eventual data degradation on that medium, physical space in the closet, cost of DVDs, etc. Is this smart or dumb?

Answer:Better to backup with a hard drive or optical media?

Hello Colonel,

I think a backup on a HDD would be the safest of the two. Having backups of anything critical on separate multiple media is the best method though. This way if one should fail for whatever reason, you will still have another backup of it.

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I've purchased this optical hard drive caddy. In hopes of running an SSD from the optical bay. (Essentially an SSD is just an oversized flash drive that doesn't emit much heat, so a poorly ventilated optical bay is perfect for the drive IMO). I want to keep all my documents, movies, songs, etc on a slow 1TB hard drive in the hard drive bay. 1.) Does anyone know if there are any hardware limitations that will not enable the hard drive convertor to actually function?2.) Does anyone know what the speed is of the SATA port in the HDD bay and the ODD bay? (do they differ?) Thanks

Answer:Can the SL410 Optical Bay support a hard drive?

Hi, unkthinkpad. I am also thinking about getting optical hard drive caddy:http://www.ebay.com/itm/2nd-hard-drive-Caddy-Lenovo-ThinkPad-SL400-SL410-/280713849154?pt=PCC_Drives... However searching the internet did not reveal much discussion about SL410 and second hard drive. If I may ask, how the experience was for you and what was the speed for optical bay? Presently I am using SSD as main drive and HDD as external USB drive. But it is a little bit irritating when I want to take computer with me. Since I don't use the optical drive that much, thought I could put second drive there. I was thinking about putting HDD in there, but you have a point, that due to not so good ventilation that may not be a wise thing. Hope to hear from You.Thanks for reading.

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i've got a GIGABYTE GA-73PVM-S2H mobo i've got all the power connected and that works fine however there only one socket for the optical and hard drive i know ones got to be master and the other slave but how do i do this? i know i've got to do something with the jumpers but how do i do this i'm completley loss on this bit
thanx
 

Answer:connecting optical and hard drive to mobo

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A week ago, a strange clicking noise befalled us whenever we attempted to boot the system. The BIOS welcome screen would run for much longer than usual, and then a message "No internal hard drive found." would display. We thought it would be a hard drive error and replaced it.

Now, however, placing in a bootable OS installation CD does not work! Whenever we try, the computer acts like there is no CD (although sometimes the CD does begin to spin), and says there is no boot device available.

I have tried a Ubuntu CD, a Windows Vista CD, a Windows XP CD, and none of them work. It does not matter what CD you put in; it does not work.

So what is the problem? Is it fixable? Was it the hard drive that broke?

The system is a Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop.
 

Answer:Solved: After upgrading hard drive for Inspiron 5150 laptop, CD drive does not work

Never mind, everyone! It turns out, after I took it out and put it back in, it worked again. Maybe a connection problem... who knows.
 

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Answer:Lenovo Z51 - Which Hard Drive Caddy would work to replace DVD Drive?

Any updates? Did it work? I got a 'universal' caddy, but it does not get detected on my Z51. Works on my hp though.

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I have a dell dimension 4600. When I boot it beeps twice and on the screen is this:

SATA Primary drive 0 not found
Secondary drive 0 not found
Secondary drive 1 not found

Strike the f1 key to continue F2 to run the setup utility

so I go into setup and under device configuration:
Sata Primary Drive ........................Unknown Device
Sata Secondary Drive.................... OFF
Primary Master drive..................... OFF
Primary Slave drive....................... OFF
Secondary Master Drive............... Unknown Device
Secondary Slave Drive.................. Unknown Device


IDE Drive UDMA................................ ON

It doesnt seem like the sata hard drive is powering on because I dont hear it at all I have a power converter cable converting the power from the normal ide pin to the sata power I dont know if that has something to do with it or not. I had to replace the power supply because it died but I didnt get one with the sata connections by accident and I had a converter so I used that instead. The cd drive and burner drive both power on but are not recognized.

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Unknown hard drive and optical drives in bios

Can anyone help here !!

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It was a mistake, but I see no downside right now as I don't need the space and it looks like it would run cooler. I have only 2 screws securing it as access to the other 2 seems problematic as it would be in the proper bay below HD 1.
Initially not recognized but after seeing it as available in pre-boot, and re-booting it appeared in Disk Management, ready for the formatting process. 2T.
Thank you.

Answer:XPs 8700 installed 2nd hard drive in optical bay - any problem with that?

I would not ship the system with the drive there with only two screws, but it wouldn't bother me at all.
On the 8700s we use with gaming cards, the HDD cage has been removed so there is only room for one drive in the HD2 slot, and the SSD is parked in the optical bay. Again I wouldn't ship it like this but it is fine for me.

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My husband added a 2nd hard drive to our computer, and since then, we've had issues with our CDrom drive. For awhile, it would just throw fits sometimes, like not opening or not reading a disc. However, now we can't get it to open at all. The light comes on and it makes noise like it's going to open, but it doesn't. Any suggestions? Oh, and I tried reinstalling drivers already but that didn't work.
 

Answer:Added new hard drive, now CDrom drive won't work

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i am planning to replace my HDD with a samsung 850 evo 250gb ssd and place my current HDD to my optical drive after removing it . But i am not able to find any answers online for as to which caddy i can use for the HDD . can someone please suggest 

Answer:optical drive hard disk caddy for HP Notebook - 15-ay011ne

  HP does not make the caddy for the optical drive but nearly every Chinese shop does so the market is flooded with them.  https://www.jacobsparts.com/items/HDDBAY-02/ There are some compromises that will be made with one of these devices which I am happy to explain if you wish. Also, are you clear on how to open it up and replace the HDD with the SSD? Happy to help further. 

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I've gone through several of these caddys.

My laptop (a Lenovo G500) continually has the same problem; it refuses to recognize the HD I connect to it using an Optical Bay Caddy I purchased on eBay (I've tried several, it does this with all of them). The first time I connected it it saw the Hard Drive and worked perfectly. I rebooted and it hasn't shown up in the BIOS's Boot Screen or anywhere else since.

Here are some pictures of the caddy itself: https://imgur.com/a/qEXbq#0

Related BIOS configuration screens: https://imgur.com/Xmv8ZIx,bq46dDy,Ofcp0XW,6RFCQVn,RK28j...

Laptop specs:

System: Lenovo G500 CPU: Intel Core i3-3120M CPU @ 2.50GHz Dual-Core
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000, 1366 x 768

What could be causing this?
 

Answer:Laptop refuses to recognize Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy?

Have you tried setting Sata Controller Mode to Compatible? I assume it's just a name for the old IDE mode, which means that if it works,it will be slower.
 

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Hello Guys.i have a question to ask.does installing a hard disk using the same cable as the optical drive affect or will affect my system in any way?i have to do this bcoz my motherboard has only one IDE connector thanks in advance
 

Answer:Solved: Hard disk installed using the same ribbon as optical drive

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I have a T510 laptop running Windows 7 Professional, on which all of the usual audio and video features (including playback using the DVD player) seem to be just fine with the exception that a problem has developed only within the past day or two - where any video/media  played, eminating from an online source (such as YouTube or even the short video newsclips featured on my Homepage), are compromised (audio remains fine). The (unintelligble) video/picture displays (in both standard and full-screen modes) as though it were flowing like water cascading down the screen. Anything else on the page - be it text, static photos.. whatever.. is good.  Now I think of it, this happened once before a few months ago, and  resolved itself quickly - but it seems here to stay this time. This takes place in both battery-powered and power-cord configurations.This issue takes place using both Firefox or Google Chrome browsers.Thanks for any suggestions, insight.  

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So i bought a HDD caddy for my ODD and a HGST Travelstar 7K1000 and whenever i restart, it does this clicking sound Dropbox - HDD Click.mp3
The other hard drive in bay 2 never made this sound in the 9 months I had it and it's the same manufacturer and model. Again, it makes this sound ONLY when restarting, otherwise it is pretty silent.

My setup: Windows 10 Pro
ASUS G751JT-CH71
Bay1: Adata SX900 SSD 128GB
Bay2: HGST Travelstar 7K1000
ODD: HGST Travelstar 7K1000

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Hi - I have just completed a new build [Asus P6X58D-E; 12Gb Ram; Corsair Tx750; i7-950; Gigabyte GTX460] to which I put a 2T SATA3 HDD. The build went perfectly and loaded windows 7 just fine. Reboots and runs well.

After all the drivers and everything were loaded and the system was stable I added two data drives with all my data on them. A Seagate 1T SATA2 drive and a Samsung 500G SATA2 drive. Neither of these were ever boot drives.

When I restart the system it tries to boot of the 500G drive and doesn't show the 2T SATA 3 drive at all in bios. If I take the SATA2 drives out it boots normally again. It also runs fine if I put the SATA2 drives in a caddy and plug it in vial USB.

Have I missed something in the initial setup/first start that is causing this? Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:SATA3 drive only recognised when SATA2 drive disconnected

There are no such thing as SATA 2. They are SATA3 or SATA6.

Go into BIOS and set the boot priority, those drives could have overridden it.

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My backup software's profile database is expecting to backup to H:, which was the drive letter for my external backup drive back in XP. This drive comes up in Win7 as K, because Win7 has given my four usb card reader drives the letters F,G,H,I. Disk Management will not show these four card reader drives unless media is inserted (connected vs. disconnected). I have changed the letters for F,G,I to T,U,W, but only because I have those types of cards (SD, CF, MS)...I do not have an XD or SmartMedia card for the one dang drive I really need to change.

What are my options, other than buying the cheapest SM card I can find to make the drive visible for this task? The SmartSyncPro database has many profiles, so remapping all those to point to K would be a major hassle.

Thanks!
Gary

Answer:Disk Management - chg drive letter-disconnected drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by bobogs


My backup software's profile database is expecting to backup to H:, which was the drive letter for my external backup drive back in XP. This drive comes up in Win7 as K, because Win7 has given my four usb card reader drives the letters F,G,H,I. Disk Management will not show these four card reader drives unless media is inserted (connected vs. disconnected). I have changed the letters for F,G,I to T,U,W, but only because I have those types of cards (SD, CF, MS)...I do not have an XD or SmartMedia card for the one dang drive I really need to change.

What are my options, other than buying the cheapest SM card I can find to make the drive visible for this task? The SmartSyncPro database has many profiles, so remapping all those to point to K would be a major hassle.

Thanks!
Gary



I use Acronis backup and I set it to backup to drive Z. Then go into Disk Management and assign your backup drive to be drive Z. Usually this will never change due to removable drives.

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I am confused about the customization page of W510. Optical device: Multi Recorder Optical Drive. Can it write/record blu-ray disc? There is no explanation or no other device to select. If it can write/record blu-ray disc then it is ok. If not then how can I add a blu-ray recorder/writer in my customization? There is no option to select such device there.

Answer:About W510 Optical device: Multi Recorder Optical Drive

The blu-ray drives have disappeared from the option screens. When I bought my T400 it was available for an extra $400 or something. No idea if it will be back.





T61p, T400formerly x23, x40

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Hello, I'm going to be replacing my primary HDD (1tb) with a SSD and will place the HDD in a drive caddy, replacing the existing DVD drive. 3rd party vendors list both 12mm and 9.5mm drive caddys for this - I imagine a newer laptop would have the smaller form factor, unfortunately this spec info is not available from the manual or Lenovo tech support - does anyone happen to know? Might be best if I yank the drive and measure it or take it with me to buy a caddy in person, rather than order online. Thanks for reading,Paul

Answer:Replacing the Optical drive on Ideapad 510151SK with HDD caddy, need drive size -12mm or 9.5mm?

Per page 63 of the Lenovo ideapad 510-15ISK/ ideapad 510-15IKB Hardware Maintenance Manual item #4, your laptop uses one of 3 9.0mm optical drives (see below) so a 9.5mm caddy may not work.   There are some 9.0mm universal versions like this one available, but I have not used them, so be sure to check with the seller for capatability before ordering. No     Description                                                                      Part# /FRU4        HLDS GUE0N 9.0mm Slim Tray Rambo ODD             5DX0J464884        PLDS DA-8A6SH 9.0mm  Slim Tray Rambo ODD      5DX0F864044        TSST SU-228GB 9.0 Rambo ODD                                5DX0H14227 Lenovo ideapad 510-15ISK/ ideapad 510-15IKB Hardware Maintenance Manualhttps://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mobiles_pub/ideapad_510-15isk_510-15ikb_hmm_201604.pdf Cheers,

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I have a sony vaio VGN-NR330E that I have just bought a new hard drive for (doing a fresh install of vista) and the internal optical drive spins up but won't boot off the cd, and after a blinking cursor says O/S not found, so i tried it on an external usb drive, and it didnt boot, same black screen followed by O/S not found. I tried booting from a knoppix live cd that worked on another computer and it wouldnt boot either. I have no idea of any what to do, since it wont boot off of an external HDD internal optical drive, external optical drive, and any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:sony vaio vgn-nr330E won't boot to any external drive, or internal optical drive

What are the current boot options...as set in your BIOS?

http://www.ehow.com/how_8022156_change-bios-settings-sony-vaio.html

If not listed as the first boot option...it's unlikely that the system would boot from either drive.

Louis

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I have an Alienware Aurora R6 and am frustratingly trying to upgrade the optical drive to one that can read Blu-rays. Does anyone know what drive size specs I should be looking for? It's a low profile drive that is even smaller than a standard laptop optical drive. I tried posting this to an existing Aurora R6 article (https://www.windowscentral.com/how-upgrade-alienware-aurora-r5-and-r6), but my reputation here isn't high enough to post to older articles. Thanks any help.
Background in case anyone's interested: When purchasing this computer the only spec*they showed was that it was a 5.25" drive. Assuming it would be a full sized 5.25", I ordered the system with the least expensive DVD option, meaning to switch it out with the Blu-ray drive in my old system. This, of course, didn't work, so eventually I ordered a low profile Blu-ray drive meant for laptops. The slot in the case is too small even for this drive. What grinds my gears about this is that it's obvious that the internal bay (silver*metal part) is big enough for the laptop drive. It's the outer case (black metal part) and front bezel that are the obstructions.

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Hello,I've recently purchased the IdeaPad 320-15ABR. I would prefer an internal Optical Disk Drive, but is proving difficult to work out which one i require / best fit to purchase. Is anyone able to advise on the best internal DVD ROM / RW drive and where to purchase? Would prefer to get an internal rather an external, as it's less to lug about.I've looked in many places but can't work out what is suitable and what is not. I thought it would be easy to source, but was wrong. Help / advice much appreciated. Thanks. First Time Lenovo user, UK based.

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I just installed a second dvd drive computor recognizes them both at start up. The problem is the drive that is in the master position will not read discs. Ive swapped them both around but no luck either way. Whatever one is jumpered master will not read. Putting both drives on the same ide chain. Farthest one out is master. Any ideas?

Thanks
 

Answer:Added 2nd optical drive wont recognize master drive

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Hi all,
New to the forum.
I have an Dell Inspiron 15-5558 and am wanting to swap the optical DVD drive for a Sandisk Ultra II 240GB ssd for the operating system.
I'm quite newbie with modding hardware so just wondering what I would need apart from the hard drive itself.
I know I'll need some sort of bay to hold it in but does anyone know where I would source one to the same specs as the drive so the case is all flush

Answer:Swap Laptop Optical Drive for Solid State Drive

You will probably need some sort of Tray and it's likely to be smaller than the Standard Hard Drive

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does such a part exist? my OD is dead it seems, but I really have no use for it.  I install everything from USB. Anyways, I was thinking of just removing it (to lessen weight even more), but would prefer to have some sort of cover or plastic insert. Thanks for any help! EDIT.  NM, found it, its called a Travel Cover.

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Hi all

I have installed an optical drive in my computer today and my drive letters were changed. I have changed them back to what they were and after restarting my computer I was unable to log to Windows 8.1 due to the OS being unable to find user profile (my user profile is moved outside of the system drive).

I restored my system to the point from before the new drive installation, but I still would like to change the drive letters around, as some of my software relies on specific directory paths with drive letters.

1. The state from before the installation of the new optical drive.

System (C:)
Virtual Box (D:)
Program Files (E:)
Passport (F:)
Storage (G:)
Program Files 2 (I:)
2. The state after installation of the new optical drive:

System (C:)
Virtual Box (D:)
Program Files (E:)
Optical Drive (F:)
Passport (G:)
Storage (H:)
Program Files 2 (I:)
3. What I'd like to have:

System (C:)
Virtual Box (D:)
Program Files (E:)
Passport (F:)
Storage (G:)
Program Files 2 (I:)
Optical Drive (any letter, preferably X:)

My user profile WAS located in G:\Users

It is now located in H:\Users and I can log in to Windows. After changing the drive letters around to 3. above I can no longer log in, as Windows is unable to find the user profile on H:\Users anymore.

I use EaseUS Partition Master 10.0 to change the drive letters.

Is there any way I can change the drive letters and make Windows aware of user profile path change?

Thanks.

Answer:Drive letters changed after an optical drive installation

right click start flag > disk management >

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