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Drive Letters Have Disappeared


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#1 Chatice

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 11:15 AM

I have a Sony VAIO desktop computer that was running perfectly well till this morning, when I inserted what must been a corrupt CD (made on my old computer) into the DVD-ROM drive. Now I can't get the CD out (there's no little hole in front that you can stick a straightened paper clip into) and I have lost not only that drive letter in My Computer, but also the drive letter of the DVD writer!

How can I correct this frustrating situation?

Would appreciate your good advice.

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 03:07 PM

I doubt very much that it was the CD's fault. No data on a CD or DVD can make a drive fail. It sounds as if your optical drive has just died. You might want to make sure the cables going to the back of the drive and the motherboard are firmly attached. If so, then replace the drive.

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You may have to take the drive completely out of the computer and then take off the top metal plate of the drive to get your CD back.

Edited by pascor22234, 27 June 2006 - 03:09 PM.


#3 Chatice

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Posted 30 June 2006 - 03:36 PM

After trying several restarts that did not accomplish anything, I finally succeeded in getting the bad CD out. This was done by pressing the open/close button on the drive itself at a precise moment when the PC was rebooting after a restart. Though I had tried this many times to no avail, this one time it happened to click, and the drive door opened. After the reboot, the drive numbers for my DVD-RW, and DVD-ROM drives both showed up in my computer. Both drives are working okay.

This leads me to the conclusion that it was the bad CD that caused the problem in the first place.

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Chatice

Edited by Chatice, 30 June 2006 - 03:37 PM.





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