Posted 19 February 2006 - 05:50 AM
First, thanks for this great site. I am so glad to have found this place!
Ok - here is the issue, a few days ago I purchased an external Seagate Hard Drive and came home and installed as instructions stated (plug in USB and wait for puter to assign a drive letter then you are done)
I did think at that time the letter F: looked familiar but just enjoyed using it to store away many photos that were on my main drive (c:)
Now a few days later, I went to use the internal factory cd-rw (f)... and I bet you can guess what has happened... it doesnt even appear anywhere.
When I checked "My Computer" it doesnt even show my cd-rw on there anymore. Or in the Device Manager.
its like the external drive assumed the drive letter (f) and hid away everything about the cd-rw and has somehow fooled computer into thinking the cd-rw is something else? (just a guess)
I have tried loading discs to see if it will "wake up" puter... nope
tried the "add new hardware" .... did not find it
Tried system restore - nope (said something about changes to (f:) would not be affected??) did a restore anyway to see
I tried disconnecting the cd-rw and rebooting and then reconnecting... still nothing.
Cd-rw appears to be working (has power) because if you load a disc it goes through that 5 sec spin thing and then shuts down.
Question is ... can I reassign a new drive letter to the USB Eternal Drive to see if the old (f:) cd-rw will return? or any other ideas?
is there another way to do this?
I had wondered about a new driver but it should load automattically or ask for a driver if puter could "see" the cd-rw now.
How can I get the puter to "see" the cd-rw? I think its now seeing the external hd where the cd-rw used to be.
I know this was a lot of detail but I wanted you all to know the whole story!
I would appreciate all advice!!
Thanks for your help.