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Why is my dvd drive not showing up?

Asked by victord66 (198 points ) March 21st, 2014

I’m using windows 7 and when I open windows explorer, my dvd drive does not show up. If I insert a disc in the drive it does show up. How can I have it show up all the time? I don’t want that drive letter being used for thumb drives I insert.

I have been to the section – Tools – Folder Options – View and have unchecked the box that says “Hide empty drives in the Computer folder”.

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XOIIO's avatar

Not sure, but why does it matter if that drive letter is used up? I don’t see how it’s a big deal.

victord66's avatar

It is important because I have backup tasks that use a thumb drive and when I insert the thumb drive, sometimes it picks up the drive letter from the dvd drive. I don’t always check this. Later when I’m not in the office, the backup tasks starts, looks for a different drive letter, can’t find it and then I see an error message. I would like the dvd drive to show constantly so that drive letter is always being used.

victord66's avatar

Thanks, but you’ve missed my point. The dvd drive is functioning just fine, but only when I insert a disc, otherwise it is not listed in windows explorer.

johnpowell's avatar

I’m sure there is a proper solution to this but until that is found why not just keep a blank CD in the drive?

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