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[SOLVED] USB drive not recognized when connected

Q: [SOLVED] USB drive not recognized when connected

I have several USB drives connected to the PC but when I try to add an additional drive I hear the tone that the drive is connected but it never gets added. I connected the drive to another PC and it's fine. The drive is USB 3.0 and I have a PCI-E card for that. The other drives are connected to that card but this drive doesn't connect even when I connect it to a USB 2.0 port. The drive is a 3 TB WD My Book like the others connected to the system.

PC summary:

Operating System
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 @ 3.00GHz 84 ?F
Yorkfield 45nm Technology
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz (9-9-9-24)
Dell Inc. 0F642F (Socket 775) 43 ?F
DELL U2412M ([email protected])
1535MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 (EVGA) 115 ?F
931GB Western Digital WDC WD10 02FAEX-00Z3A SCSI Disk Device (SATA) 94 ?F
698GB Hitachi HDS721075KLA SCSI Disk Device (SATA) 99 ?F
1397GB Seagate FreeAgent USB Device (USB (SATA))
1397GB Western Digital WD My Book 1140 USB Device (USB (SATA)) 85 ?F
2794GB Western Digital WD My Book 1230 USB Device (USB (SATA)) 90 ?F
Optical Drives
TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653F SCSI CdRom Device
TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653G SCSI CdRom Device

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A: [SOLVED] USB drive not recognized when connected

Just speculation here as I had a similar occurrence a couple of times working on friends' computers. Have you checked under Windows Computer Management to see if it recognizes the drive? In the instances that I encountered, it was necessary to assign a permanent drive letter to the external USB devices for them to be recognized. For some reason, Windows did not do that itself. After assigning a drive letter, all was well.

I have a 3 TB WD My Book as well, and I know it has its own power source, so I doubt, but it is possible, that your USB controller can't handle so many drives at once. My guess though is that accessing Windows Computer Management should solve your issue.

Hope this helps. Have a great day.


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Hello all,

I'm hoping I can get some help with this: A few hours ago, I connected a hard drive to my PC. I was able to read/write to it just fine. In fact, I've used it various times in the past.

I just tried connecting it again now, and the drive is not showing up on Windows 8.1 at all. It's not being detected.

I connected the drive to a Mac to see if it was the drive, but it wasn't: the Mac was able to read it just fine.

I've had a similar situation in the past with this machine, where my iPhone was, seemingly out of nowhere, no longer recognized by the system. Plugging it in would register on the phone, but the PC wouldn't acknowledge its existence.

I'm completely at a loss as to why this can be. Other drives connect to the PC just fine (in fact, I have another one connected now, as I write this, backing up some data). Any help is appreciated.


EDIT: I hope this is the right forum for this question. It sounds like it might be a driver issue, hence my guess. If I'm wrong, my apologies.

A:USB-connected hard drive no longer recognized

Most people seem to use laptops now-a-days, so I'm not sure whether this will apply to you.

On my desktop with a USB 3.0 PCI-E card installed, after installing both Windows 8 and 8.1 it done the same as you. I.E. When I connected an external hard drive via USB it initially worked fine, but later it suddenly stopped working for no reason. I can't remember exactly what error it showed in Action Centre > Reliability Monitor, something along the lines of Video Hardware Error, LiveKernelEvent.

To cure it I disconnected the power connector to the USB PCI card for about 10 seconds, reconnected it and after booting the problem was cured (until I re-installed Windows about a year later, where exactly the same thing happened and I had to do the same thing again). So if you are using a desktop PC with a PCI USB card installed, try that.

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My Compaq laptop no longer recognizes the touchpad. This began after I disassembled it to resolder the DC connector.

I did make sure to connect the ribbon cable, and tried re-connecting it many times to make sure it's seated all the way.

Could I have done some microscopic, invisible damage to the ribbon? Dislodged it at the other end (hidden under the touchpad itself)? Still not seated it properly despite dozens of attempts over several days?

Here's some further info and other possible solutions that I've tried:

(1) The LEDs for 'on/standby' and 'battery charging' no longer work. They are on the same circuit as the touchpad, i.e. normally they work only when the touchpad ribbon is connected. Strangely, the LED for hard-drive activity, which is also on that same circuit, does work!

(2) External PS/2 mouse works fine.

(3) Device Manager shows only the PS/2 mouse.

(4) Control Panel > Mouse > Properties shows that I have 'Synaptics PS/2 port pointing device"...this info being a weird mishmash of the nonfunctioning Synaptics touchpad, and the ~10 year old Microsoft mechanical ball type mouse which is attached.

(5) An attempt to reinstall the touchpad driver results in this error: "A serious internal error has occurred. please contact your touchpad supplier. (#-536870397 @10)"

(6) I went into BIOS Setup and reset everything to the defaults.

(7) the only way to replace is buy a new assembly that includes the fac... Read more

A:Solved: touchpad not recognized after reassembly; ribbon IS connected

I've been having the same error on an HP Pav ze5200.

The owner had a problem with the hard drive and I ended up formatting it.

Upon reinstalling XP and all updates, I noticed that the touchpad (Synoptics) is not working. I downloaded the utility from HP for it but upon running it - I get the same error message you reported...

The pointer will work while Windows loads but once it is loaded, it stops. It doesn't show in Dev. Mgr., I've tried installing it to no avail...

If I come up with something, I'll be sure to post...

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I just upgraded my computer to winxp pro when i got a new 40gb hdd for free. install went fine and everything runs except for the fact that windows wont give a drive letter to one of my 3 hard drives. Its formatted and partitoned and only has 20% room left on it so I can't repartition it and lose all of my stuff on it. At first i tried hooking it up usb but I had that problem so i figured it was the controller in the enclosure. I was looking for an excuse to order a sata/ide pci controller card so i did that and windows install disc even recognized the new drive to install to it. t he device manager shows the drive as a scsi drive and disk management sees it just it doesn't have a drive letter. What should i do? Partitioning is difficult cause i'd have to back up 160 gb. thanks in advance

ps. i should also ad that the driveis usable before i switched to the new hdd/winxp pro last night so its not the drive itself.

A:Solved: Partitioned Drive Recognized W/O Drive Letter

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I have a new Seagate Barracuda 500gb Sata2 drive. It has XP Home (SP2) installed. It boots and runs well as long as my old IDE drive is connected.
In bios, with the IDE drive connected, both drives show correctly and I can set either as boot device.
With the IDE drive disconnected the SATA2 drive doesn't show in the HDD section on the boot menu setup. However if I press F11 at start of boot I get the chance to select the SATA2 drive and can boot from this.
I had bios 2.10 and have updated to 2.30 (the latest). Bios is set for SATA2 (non Raid) with normal SATA driving. Latest SATA2 drivers installed.
Any ideas gratefully accepted.
Thanks, Tony

AMD Athlon 64 3200+
1024mb RAM PC3200
XP Home (SP2)
Seagate Barracuda SATA2 500gb
Western Digital 250gb IDE
Nvidia 8500gt

A:Solved: Sata2 drive won't boot unless IDE drive also connected

Easiest way out of that issue is to reinstall XP with the old drive disconnected . . as it is now, your boot sector is on the IDE drive.

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Purchased a 1T external , usb port drive to move prgs from the hard drive to to the external. When I went to my Computer, the usb hard drive does not show. I check on device manager and is shows a USB external device is there. I went to manage drives and it does show my main lettered drive, as drive C, bu tthe other drive has no letter and says something about UNKNOWN,etc. in a small window. How do I get Windows XP to recognize this drive and put in MY COMPUTER so I can move files to it.

WINDOWS XP PRP: 4 Meg Memory. SP1-2 Updates.

A:Solved: 1T USB drive not recognized?

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I've done all the usual things, uninstalled it, deleted upper and lower registry entries, updated drivers, and bios, even deleted Itunes. Still nothing. It shows up in the device manager with no errors, couldn't find it in BIOS, and it is not in My Computer. It lights up, spins, then does nothing.

I did notice that when I was editing the registry, AFTER deleting the upper and lower entries, I have 3 sub entries under that main one. Here is a screen shot

I don't know if that has anything to do with it...Also I doubt it is the drive as I have two and they both do it on this computer. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Solved: DVD/CD Drive not recognized

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I try to re-install my starcraft but My CD-ROM drive icon disappeared and when i put in a CD in it doesn't auto-load anymore. It seems like it isn't working. can you tell me how to fix it?


A:[SOLVED] cd-rom drive not recognized

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Well, one day I just couldn't get my CD-ROM drive to read any disks on my Dell Inspiron 531s.

So I did a little investigating and found that the CD-ROM drive didn't show up on My Computer either.

I then decided to go check out my Device Manager.

As you'll see in the attached image of my Device Manager, there is no DVD/CD-ROM drives category. BUT, there is a CD-ROM device in the Other Devices category.

I would also like to point out there there is no update for the driver.(Or, at least not one that windows could find.)

AND, on the device properties, it says that it is working properly.

All help would be appreciated.


A:[SOLVED] CD-ROM drive isn't recognized, yet it is???

Oops, almost forgot to post the age of my computer. My computer is about one and a half years old.

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Recently my CD/DVD Drive is no longer recognized by Windows XP

I can, however access the CD drive during startup, and boot from the CD.

Here is what I have tried:
Restarted Computer
Unplugged CD drive and restart, then plug back in
Checked all cables
Looked under system-devices (No CD Drive listed, not even under 'other')
Followed an online registry edit that removed "upper filters" and "lower filters" - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314060
Tried a FixCd.reg idea - http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/553548-missing-cd-drive-not-repaired.html
Downloaded the firmware update for my CD drive- but would not install because "No Devices Found!"
Checked and repaired my registry with multiple programs including "Registry Booster 2"
I have Windows XP Professional (SP2)

CD/DVD Drive:

Any other info you need let me know.

What can I do????

Thank you...

A:Solved: CD/DVD Drive Not Recognized

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I have a SCSI external 100 zip drive which used to work fine before my pc was sent back to the shop to fix a ethernet controller. They replaced the modem and gave me some new motherboard drivers.They reinstalled win 98 2nd . My modem problem was now fixed but now my zip drive cannot be installed. The drivers are a problem. At least 10 tech guys from iomega have been unable to help me. Could it be my motherboard drivers? Thanks Tom

A:[SOLVED] Zip Drive not recognized

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When I try to copy all items to a cd my d drive says there is no cd-r in the drive. It's not reading it. How can i fix this problem?

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I have the same problem but a little different. I have 2 USB WD drives. WD1 stopped being recognized on PC1 when I disconnected and reconnected it. Tried several things on that PC1 and couldn't get it to be recognized at all. Moved to PC2 where I had another USB WD2 drive that was working fine for the past year. After I connected WD1 to PC2 neither USB drives would be recognized. I did the FIX.REG suggestion by JohnWill, uninstalled everything and rebooted twice. Other USB devices are recognized fine but not WD2. I am afraid to connect WD1 to PC2 again. Now I have 2 USB WD drives that don't work.

A:Solved: USB WD Drive not recognized

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Was working fine came back from vacation,,tried to look at at some photos i had put on a cd,and it keeps telling me to insert disk into drive.If i put in commercial disk it will play on windows media.But if i try to open it from my computer drive d: same message.I had downloaded a free burner that i got from this site,research showed this could cause this problem,so i uninstalled it.Any one have an answer?Thanks Ps task manger says device is working properly.

A:Solved: DVD RW drive not recognized

Thanks evidently the burner program i downloaded corrupted the drive,I uninstalled and pc reinstalled drive.Now only one disk does'nt read which could be disk.Thanks for reading.

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all of a sudden my cd drive on my laptop is not working. Error message I get is "Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)" does this mean it's dead? When a disk is put in, it powers up and spins them for a couple seconds then stops... my computer it's not showing as an available drive anymore.

A:Solved: cd drive not recognized

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I recently reset the CMOS battery on my dell dimension4600 and now it does not recognize the CD drive. I tried switching it out with another one, and replacing the cable but it didn't work. Then I reset the bios to the defaults and now it doesn't even appear in the bios.

Any idea how I can fix this?



A:Solved: cd drive not recognized

In the Dell BIOS you need to make sure that the channel that the drive is connected too is NOT set to None, you need to set it to AUTO, save and exit, and reboot to have it show up. So likely its connected as the Secondary Master, so set that to Auto. Also make sure that the IDE cable on the motherboard side did not accidentally get unplugged when the battery was switched out.

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Cd tray wil not open, not listed in My computer and device manager has no listing. Opened tray with paper clip, but it doesn't close on its own.Just like it was never there. Did a restart and it still didn't work. I have a Dell Dimension E520 with Windows XP. Any suggestions?

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Gateway MX6455 notebook w/Windows XP
Phoenix Bios Ver. 68.04
ATT Security Suite

I am hoping someone can please help me with this problem. I was downloading a uTorrent file and then a second party dvd burner app the other day when my security software came on to warn me of a virus. I immediatly stopped the application, but now my cd drive is not recognized at all. After twice trying to do a system restore from different restore points I did a full recovery also with no success.

I show no drive in My Computer, explore, or device manager. In my bios the only mention of a cd drive is in the boot sequence:
1) cd/dvd drive
2) removable device
3) main hard drive
4) boot to LAN
5) USB storage stick

However if you hit the F10 key upon startup that option is not there. The only options are:

3) main hard drive
4) boot to LAN

Not even mentioning options 1,2&5.

I was using the drive just before this happened. If I put a disc in the activity light flashes and the drive does spin up. It will also flash if I put the recovery disc in and reboot, but will go right past it.
Thank You in advance for any help.

A:Solved: CD/DVD drive not recognized

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In WinXP Pro, SP3 I just added (1) a SATA card and (2) an LG SATA internal multi-DVD Rewriter. Installed the drivers for each using provided installation discs. An older CD/ROM drive is still seen as D:\\, an external USB HD is still seen as E:\\, but the new DVD drive is only sporadically displayed (in Win Explorer) as F:\\ .... and using it is kind of "quirky" [sorry that this term is not well-documented yet].

Q1: Are there additional configuration steps that should have been taken?
Q2: Do optical drives such as this still require that 'jumpers' be set to identify slave/master?
Q3: Are changes to the BIOS (setup) required?
Q4: Should I have removed (disconnected) the older CD/ROM drive (D ?

A:Solved: New drive not recognized

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My Sony DVD drive has stopped being recognized (was working ok yesterday), it does not show as the D drive in Computer but does show up in Computer Management/Disk Management as a DVD drive but shows no media.
I can hear the drive try and start when a DVD is inserted but it only seems to start and stop, never opening whatever media is inserted. This is in a Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop.

A:Solved: DVD drive not being recognized in Win 7

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Running Win 98 on a Pentium 3 box with an AOpen 1232 CD-R Drive...

When I try to open any CD burning program I receive the following error message "No Supported CD-R or CD-RW Drive Detected" or something to that effect. Problems started when I installed new CD burning software.

1) I've checked to make sure the wires are connected
2) I've removed the CD-R Drive from the device manager and restarted
3) I've uninstalled existing CD burning software and reinstalled one of them <CD-Maker 2000>
4) I've downloaded a new driver from AOpen and installed it
5) I've checked existing TSG forums for advice

Does anyone have any suggestions on what might be wrong? Any assistance would be appreciated.

-> mojo

A:[SOLVED] CD-R Drive Not Recognized

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For some reason my 60G drive is only being seen as a 8G drive.

During installation of a fresh copy of XP SP2 the largest that I can partition I can create is 8G.

I have run the HD Diagnostics that is in the BIOS and everything passes. I have also booted off of a Linux Live cd and Linux lets me create a 60G NTFS partition but when I go to reinstall XP again it will only see 8G. I have updated the BIOS on the laptop tried writing zero's to the entire drive as well. If I install XP on the 8G partition I look in Disk management and it only sees 8G with no unused space available to create another partition.

My guess is that the drive is failing but it seems odd that Linux would see 60G and let me write zero's to the entire drive without errors.

If anyone has any ideas on this please let me know. I would rather not buy another drive if I don't have to.

HP Pavilion ze2000 laptop
Toshiba MK6026GAX

A:Solved: 60G drive recognized as only 8G

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My computer is not recognizing my hard drive. I have even tried another know good hard drive and it doesn't recognize it either. This hard drive is fine and works on my other pc. This happened a couple of weeks ago and I just let it sit a couple of days and it booted right up without doing anything to my pc. This time it's not booting even after a couple of days sitting idle.

This seems rather strange at best but a problem regardless. Anyone know what the problem might be.

I have win98 se
60 gig drive
512 ram
950 mhz



A:[SOLVED] Hard drive not recognized by pc.

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I have a PNY flash drive that was recognized when I installed it 2 days ago.
It does not now.
Asus told me to go to Universal Controllers and un check the box to allow this device to shut the computer down.
It then said "drivers successfully installed" when I plugged the flash in, but is still not recognized in My Computer or Disc Mgmt.
Any advice?


Plugged into rear of computer - recognized instantly.

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I built a trial server with Windows Home Server software on an old Shuttle SK43G pc. I started the build on a 300GB IDE drive. Since I liked what I saw, I purchased two 1TB SATA drives to replace the 300GB. I cloned the 300Gb drive to a TB drive and installed it on the PC's onboard SATA connection.

Unfortunately the new drives aren't recognized in BIOS. I played with all the settings and it still won't recognize the drive. I updated the BIOS, still the same results. I removed the 1TB drives and installed a 320GB SATA drive. This time, the PC recognized the SATA drive.

Should I assume that my old PC won't support a TB drive. Is my only option to install a PCI SATA card?

A:Solved: 1TB Hard drive not recognized

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I have installed one of the new Seagate 500gb 7200rpm 2.5" drives in an external USB enclosure. I formatted it and it showed up fine. I took a 320gb 7200 rpm drive out of that enclosure to use it till I get my new one and that drive also worked fine.

Now a day later the drive spins up, lights come on, it shows in the remove hardware safely icon, it shows as a healthy formatted basic disk in the disk management window, it shows in the device manager as a usb device, but it will not show up in the explorer windows so I can access it.

I am running windows Vista sp2. Since the 320gb drive worked with this machine and enclosure, why is this one giving me grief? It does not matter if I plug it in before or after I boot, if I use one or 2 usb power cables.

What am I doing wrong???

A:Solved: External drive not recognized

Well, I got no reply here (unusual), but I never stopped hunting for an answer and finally answered my own question.

Somehow, even though I assigned it a drive letter already, when I formatted it, it no longer had a drive letter!

I went to disk management, right clicked on the drive and assigned it a drive letter and Viola, it now shows in explorer/my computer. So if any of you have the same problem this is the solution that worked in my situation.

I found this on an old thread here http://www.ozzu.com/hardware/hard-drive-not-showing-computer-t68197.html

and here is what it said:
(Credit to grinch2171)

Try these steps:

1. Right click My Computer and select Manage
2. Click on Disk Management

In the right hand window you should see all of your drives with their drive letter. Assuming you have one internal drive and one CD/DVD drive you should see


If you see another drive listed but without a drive letter do the following:

1. Right click the drive and select Change Drive Letter and Paths
2. Click the Change button.
3. Select a Drive letter and click OK.

Now check My Computer for the drive.

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have new burner which worked until a bit ago. place cd in drive to burn cd with nero. drive properties show it's working properly...so??? thanks for help

Free your heart from hatred, Free your mind from worries, Live simply, Give more, Expect less.

A:Solved: can't burn cd not-recognized in drive

A bit more info would help, what happens when you try to burn?

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I had 2 hard drives installed. Several months later Windows XP was perfectly riddled with bugs. Windows was re-installed with a newer version, with the result that I have no less than 4 versions on my computer, the newest version and the oldest version being the 2 working version. Anyway, the newer version of Windows does not recognize the fact that I have another hard disk drive. The older version does, but is so beset by bugs that I can do nothing but transfer files between drives.

I have changed jumpers on the older drive, which did absolutely bugger all, and each hard drive has a different type of cable, so it is impossible to slave the two together. Not even partitioning tools recognize the damned older hard drive. Only the Setup and the older, buggy version of Windows does.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Solved: Hard Drive Not Recognized

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While trying to help a friend fdisk and format his hard drive, one restart posted "drive not recognized". In fact, it cant recognize the CD rom, only the floppy drive is recognizable. All connections are sound....so is the drive dead? Any comments?

A:[SOLVED] hard drive not recognized

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I'm new here so please bear with me....I have a Lite on 411S DVDRW drive. This drive is able to be used in my computer --such as playing cds, dvds...I can even backup dvd's without any problem. The problem I have is that when I try to burn a cd, the drive will not be recognized by any music program (Sonic, Nero, CloneCD). I call Dell and there answer is to reformat -- but I never had this problem before. Why is this happening and what can I do to fix it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Solved: DVD drive not recognized by programs

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I have a 250 gig Maxtor External HD.

I believe my friend used it and formatted it for a Mac. Now on my XP PC, I can't get it to recognize. It loaded and installed the drivers just fine, but I can't see anything in My Computer.

I'm fine with formatting over whatever is on there, but I just can't see it / use it to even try!


A:Solved: Hard Drive Not Recognized

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If anyone could please help me I would appreciate it--after hating the new iTunes 11 (it froze up nearly every time I opened it) I went into Control Panel & used the Programs feature to uninstall it, and subsequently reinstalled an older version, 10.6.3. I was trying to burn some compilation CDs for a couple of my siblings for Christmas. Upon trying to burn these CDs, iTunes informed me that the "disk burner or software was not found." After doing a little research I went into the Device Manager in the Control Panel to see that there were little yellow warning signs, I tried running the troubleshooter & downloading a registry fix troubleshooter but neither really worked-- it downloaded the drivers and then informed me that they failed to install. I'm assuming this is some kind of registry issue that removing iTunes maybe affected, I don't know?

I have an Acer latptop, the following is the information I got from running DxDiag, if there is other information needed that I should obtain please inform me & I'll try to post it promptly--I'd like to be able get my CD drive working so I can burn these cds for my brothers.

System Information
Time of this report: 12/23/2012, 18:48:54
Machine name: OWNER-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Acer
System Model: As... Read more

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for the past couple of days we've been unable to use our CD drive. I've checked all the connections but when I try to run a disk in that drive using the run feature of the start menu it tells me it refers to a location that is unavailable and when I go into my computer it doesn't show up at all. this isn't a new computer and its not a new cd drive. we updated our virus software and ran a scan and it found nothing. any ideas what's wrong? we have a HP pavilion running window XP

A:Solved: cd drive no longer recognized

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Have a new Dell laptop. worked great till I fussed with installing & reinstalling my IQ3600. Now, Computer will not recognize my CD/DVD drive at all. What can I do?

A:Solved: CD Drive not recognized in Windows 7

You can try this Fix It from Microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cd_dvd_drive_problems

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I am using Windows XP Home Edition OS. I have recently upgraded my desk top PC and installed a USB 2.0 Port (4 slots). When using a Sandisk USB 2.0 512 MB Cruzer Micro Flash drive the USB 2.0 port does not recognize it even though it shows up in my bottom task bar. If I plug it into a 1.1 port I get an indication that the device would work faster if I plugged it into a 2.0 port and then proceeds to show that I have such ports installed. It works fine in the old 1.1 port. It doesn't appear to be a problem with the USB 2.0 port itself because I have a 1MB Creative Labs MP3 player (USB 2.0) with flash memory operating on that Port without any problem.

Any help in solving this problem would be greatly appreciated.

Regards and Happy New Year,


A:Solved: USB 2.0 Flash drive not recognized


Try the Sandisk Cruzer on another machine to check that it is working proprtly.

Try unplugging all other USB devices.

Personally I would think the USB flash drive may have failed.



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Dear techguys!

I'm a computer illiterate and English is not my native language, so please excuse any mistakes and lack of clarity .

I am using a MacBook OS X 10.5.8 and recently bought an external drive. The drive is recognized by a windows computer (formatted in ntfs) but is neither seen in the finder of my mac, nor in the utility disk application...can you help me?

thank you!!!

A:Solved: external drive not recognized

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Hello all I could use your help with my friends computer.My friend has Vista Basic 32 bit Dell Desktop.

Okay she has two CD/DVD drives. The one came with the computer did not burn DVD/Cd's so she ordered another one from the company that does burn CD/DVD'S. It is her second drive we put in the computer. Well now her second drive now does not work. We tried to go into device manager to see if it appears there and I think it just shows the drive that came with the computer. I wanted to be able to see if we could download drivers, however it said, it was up to date.

This is what it read when we hit the plus sign.

Device manager PBOS CDRW DVD-DH-48C25S-ATA Device

Any help would be great.


A:Solved: My friends DVD/CD Drive is not being recognized!

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On an Inspiron 8500, I can't get a SanDisk 512 Mini Cruzer to be recognized. Updated Chipset drvr. Checked in Windows/Inf. folder, still nothing...ANY help, would help.
Running XP Home,SP2

A:Solved (twice no less): Thumb Drive not recognized

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Hi All
I have recently upgraded to Win 8 pro and now my DVD drive is not recognized.
I have tried the registry fix from MS but it did not work.

Acer Aspire 5735Z notebook

A:Solved: Dvd drive not recognized (code 19)

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Hi guys. I bought a no name 2gb usb flash drive recently on a visit to China. Initially my pc was able to recognize it and I was able to view properties and see the drive size of 1.95gb. I downloaded a sample file and everything seemed fine, but when I next used it I received a response " please insert a disc into drive G ". I went to device manager and found generic usb flash drive, it said the device was working properly. I uninstalled it and plugged in flash drive again. It was then recognized again and got the response "hardware installed and ready for use", but again could not access the drive. I tried the website of the company that manufactured it but no driver downloads were available. Any ideas or will I have to throw this hardware out?

A:Solved: usb flash drive not recognized

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Hello everyone,
Sorry if this is a rehash of something that was already discussed. I did a search and came up with nothing.
In advance for having such an informative website. A friend showed me the link today after I discussed what was going on with my computer with him. I will start from the beginning.

Everything was fine up to Tuesday, July 21st. I was on my computer and doing nothing out of the ordinary. I eventually went to take a nap and woke up to get back on the internet but my monitor wouldn't turn on. So I decided to reset the computer ( which turned out to be a bad idea ?) which caused it to power cycle to the windows loading screen and throw errors and crash. I started to freak out and decided to try to recover/ roll back, but none of it worked which brings me to where I am now. I ended up reformatting ( I'm not really computer savvy ) and I just finished the install of everything and I'm back online but now my 2nd hard drive which is basically used for media and gaming isn't being recognized by my computer. I can visibly see it on the BIOS and even Disk Management, but not under MY Computer.
Obvious questions I've got are can I fix it so that my computer recognizes this hard drive, is this even fixable or do I have to take it to someone to have it restored?

Here are some details on my comp.

* Vista 64 bit OS
* Seagate 700gig ( HDD 1)
* WD Velociraptor ( HDD 2)

** like I said I'm not really computer savvy so if you need any other... Read more

A:Solved: ** HELP! Second hard drive not being recognized

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I'm running Windows XP and the disk drive seems to have been disabled and is no longer being recognized. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

A:[SOLVED] disk drive not being recognized

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I bought an SATA 2.5 hard drive housed in an external case powered by USB, on ebay:


Win 7 can't find a driver and it didn't come packaged with one. How can I get Win 7 to recognized the drive?

Thanks much,

A:Solved: USB Hard Drive Not Recognized in Win 7

No drivers are necessary for a usb drive with win7, xp, vista, or win2k. All of those os have native drivers for an usb external drive.

Post a screenshot of device manager.

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A:Solved: PATA HD recognized as DVD drive?

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I have a Dell Dimension 2400 with multiple USB ports. None of the ports recognize any flash drive I plug in: Cosair, Cruzer, etc. I went into disk management and there was no recognition of the drives there. In device manager under USB controllers it shows the USB 2.0 to be enhanced, thus it is working. At the bottom of that list it will show the name of the flash drive. I clicked on properties and it says the device is not confgured correctly as though it is missing a driver. I never got a driver with any flash drive before, they are simply plug in and use. They plug in to my three other computers and work immediately. What could the problem be?

A:Solved: Flash Drive Not Recognized

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A:Solved: Burned CD not recognized in drive

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