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Solved: Disk Drive E doesn't work -- not recognized

Q: Solved: Disk Drive E doesn't work -- not recognized

Disk Drive E doesn't work -- not recognized.

Recently I went to a repair shop had a new hard drive put in my five-year old DELL desktop. When I got home and powered up, I noticed that nothing happened when I inserted a CD into my Disk Drive E. (The disk drive right above it, Drive D, works fine.)

Also, Disk Drive E does not appear in My Computer under Devices with Removeable Storage.

Next I went in to Device Manager and saw that Disk Drive E is listed under DVD/CD-ROM drives, but that there was a red "X" next to it, apparently indicating that the drive has been disabled. I attempted to update the driver but was unable to locate my disc.

I called the repair shop and was told by the tech that there are no drivers for Disk Drive E, that there is nothing to update. When I told him about the red "X" he told me that the drive had been disabled. He said I could try enabling it, but he added that it might have been disabled for a reason. I tried to enable it but got a message stating that Windows was unable to enable the device. The tech then told me I could bring my PC back in and he would install a new drive for approximately $100, including labor.

Is there anything else I can try at home to get my Disk Drive E working again? Would it possibly help if I were to use my DELL installation CD? It should be fairly easy to find. Or should I follow the tech's advice and just buy a new disk drive?

Thank you.

Preferred Solution: Solved: Disk Drive E doesn't work -- not recognized

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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I'm not very technicall so will try and explain as much as i can!!

Firstly.... I cant seem to download anything to my laptop (ASUS F3E Series) Downloading music through LimeWire works fine and WIndows seems to be able to Update but when i want to download games, toolbars etc it wont work. The box comes up to Install or Run which i click on then nothing happens! It looks like it does it with the progress bar but i cant find anything i'm suppossed to have installed.

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Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)
Click 'Check for solutions' to send data about this device to Microsoft and to see if there is a solution available.

When i click on 'Check for soloutions' nothing happens.
When i try and update the drive, this appears.....

Windows was able to successfully install device driver software, but the driver software encountered a problem when it tried to run. The problem code is 39.
Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: PnPDeviceProblemCode
Architecture: x86
Hardware Id: IDE\CdRomHL-DT-ST_DVDRAM_GSA-T20N________________WR02____
Setup class GUID: {4d36e965-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}
PnP problem code: 00000027
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A:[SOLVED] disk drive not being recognized

Please close.

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Thank you

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Quote: Originally Posted by PERSIL

I just rebuilt an old system using Windows 7 Home Premium after using WinXP pro for many years. The primary hard drive is WDC 150 Mg and Win7 is installed and updated to current with SP1. I dropped a second WDC hard drive in, formatted and was going to use it for a 2nd backup unit. Both of these are sata. Both hard drives are recognized by Disk Management but when I select Computer on the start menu ONLY the primary 150 Mg drive is recognized. If I plug in an external drive, both Computer and Disk Management recognizes the external drive. How do I have Win7 recognize my backup WDC drive so I can use it.

Thank you

Had similarities on my pc.

Goto BIOS, there you have 4 options.

Primary Master
Secondary Master

Primary Slave
Secondary Slave

Set it as follows:

Primary Master -----> Main Boot HDD
Secondary Master -----> EMPTY

Primary Slave -----> CD/DVD RAM
Secondary Slave -----> Secondary backup HDD
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A:2TB Seagate drive not recognized Windows 10 (no Disk Management)

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Java: From this site
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Defragging: If your windows default is not working you can try to DL this one

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I'm having a hard time with this computer, basically the mbr got messed up and apparently the windows drove locked and csnnot be accessed. I tried the dispatch command as you can see in the attachment and you'll see a ten gig drive I created as partition eight. Forgive me I'm new St this but this was the only drive I created so dell shipped it with so many partitions?
Anyways if you can assist I'll appreciate it, I tried the dispatch and no luck inget a error stating can't open bcd file which after giggling means the drive is still locked and cannot be opened
Also the mbr is just bad.

A:Windows 8.1 won't boot, startup disk doesn't work.

First of all,welcome to BC !
Now can you please post back with the answers to the following questions ?
You have said it is a Dell,but please supply the model.
Do you have any valuable data on this computer ?
Do you have a recovery partition ?
Chris Cosgrove

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Is this one of the uses for this disk?

I have never had the need t use this disk till now but as I am getting problems starting up I tried System Restore and it didn't work (I have tried 2 restore points).
Can I use the repair disk that I created on my HP desktop to mend the system or to restore it to an earlier time ?

When I open the repair disk on the computer it just shows a couple of folders (boot ,sources as well as a file called bootmgr but I can't see a hrep file to let me know what I can do...

A:Using the repair disk when system resore doesn't work.

A system repair disc allows you to start (boot) your computer system so you can access different recovery options to help recover your Windows 7. The disc is usually used if you don't have a Windows installation disc or you can't access the recovery options provided by your computer manufacturer. A system repair disc is not able to install Windows 7. In order to use the disc your computer BIOS must be configured so the CD/DVD optical drive is the first boot option.

The various recovery options include startup repair, system restore, system image recovery, memory diagnostics and command prompt.

System Recovery Options

Yes, you can use the repair disc to access your restore points, but the restore points must have already been created and saved. The disc can't restore to something that isn't already available.

If you're having startup issues you could certainly use the disc to access startup repair. This tutorial explains more about the procedure. It's recommended that you run the startup repair 3 separate times and reboot the computer after each scan.

Startup Repair

If still having issues, one of the Forum experts prepared a couple of troubleshooting guides with some additional suggestions.

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

Or you could use this opportunity to do a complete clean install of the operating system and get rid of the HP factory bloatware that slows the machine down.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Windows Vista Recovery Disc Download — The NeoSmart Files

This is the link everyone gives me to fix my pc. I carried out all the instructions, burned the file onto a blank dvd and everything. When I boot from the DVD, Vista Installation pops up...why is this?

A:Windows Vista Recovery disk doesn't work..

Did you download the right bit rate for the disk?

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I've been having this problem for a few months now. I recently built my own computer, having been on a lap top for a couple of years, and found my old external hard drive. I plugged it in to the new computer, and it said something about needing to be formatted, which I promptly did due to nothing of importance being on it. I went to sleep, and woke up to see that it couldn't be formatted.

This is where my issue begins. It no longer appears in Computer, or Disk Management. Disk Management won't even load if I have the drive plugged in. There seems to be no way at all to format the drive, since Computer, and Disk Management both don't load when the drive is plugged in. Any help?

A:External Hard Drive is Not Recognized in Computer or Disk Management

I have a similar problem. I have an old external hard drive and it wont showed up or open under my computer or disk management. I tried to open it under disk management but there is no way to be found. The files F, G, H, etc are empty. I really appreciate an extra help here since I am not a computer expert. Thank you!!!!

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Recently I decided to upgrade my hard disk storage space so I bought a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA hard disk drive. Upon installing the drive I entered the Bios and went into "Intergrated Peripherals" section and set the BIOS to recognize P-ATA + S-ATA drives. When I reboot the new Maxtor drive shows up in Windows Explorer and functions normally. Also in Windows Explorer, my CD/DVD drive appears. However when I put a cd in the drive and click on the drive in Explorer I get the message to "Insert a disc into drive F:". The drive will not read the disc. When I went into Device Manager the CD/DVD drive shows up and says that it is functioning properly. Strange.....
So, I rebooted and reset the BIOS to the setup defaults (ie. P-ATA Drive Only) and when the computer boots up now the CD/DVD drive functions normally but the Maxtor drive is now not recognized. I understandObviously the Maxtor drive is not recognized because the BIOS is set for P-ATA drive only, but why when the BIOS is set for P-ATA + S-ATA is the CD/DVD drive not recognized?

My computer specs are as follows:

Processsor: Intel Pentium4 3.2C GHz (478pin/FSB800)
Motherboard: MSI i865G ATX
Bios: AMI Bios
RAM: DDR SDRAM 1GB (512MB x 2 / PC3200)
Video:nVidia GeForce FX5700 128MB AGP
Sound: CREATIVE SoundBlaster Audigy2ZS Platinum Pro
Hard Disk1:160GB Ultra ATA HDD (7200rpm)
Hard Disk2:Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA
OS: Windows XP PRo

A:CD/DVD Drive not recognized in BIOS after installing SATA hard disk

No one going to take a stab at this one. Please, I need some help here. Any advice would be appreciated

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Sorry in advance if this is in the wrong section. I just got an Alfa AWUS036NH USB adapter, I followed the instructions and things load but nothing happens when I plug it in? I don't get the "found new hardware" message and it doesn't show up in my computer. I did notice that one of the steps in the install doesn't "come up" when I work through the installer. That step is number 5 "choose the Ralink Coniguration Tool". My install goes from the step "install the driver and Ralink WLAN utility to choose "finish". Thanks in advance and BTW I'm a complete novice so go easy.


A:Alfa AWUS036NH-I used the install disk but the utility doesn't work

Well, I finally got it hooked up, not sure how pure luck I guess. But, the connection is SLOW very SLOW any advice? Please??

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I even tried setting the idle time to only 1 minute but none of my 4x hard drives will turn off when idling. Search indexer is turned off. System setup: i7 920, Asus P6T Deluxe, AHCI enabled with the latest intel drivers.

I didn't have this problem with this system when using XP before.

Any ideas?


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My computer encountered:
STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}

I've tried using the Windows XP CD to use the recovery tool, but it just reboots whenever I try. Any other ideas?

A:Registry hive corrupted, restore disk doesn't work.

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I had posted similar entry in "Operating Systems" > Windows XP Home and Professional. Refer to this link - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic392025.html.

I was referred to post in this forum instead.

In summary, I am facing the following problems:
1) Right-click on "Properties" on Desktop -> there's no context menu popup. Just an hour glass and after around a min or so, it's just back to normal.
2) Disk Defragmenter doesn't work -> When I click to Start Defrag, there's a popup box, stating "Disk Defragmenter could not start".
3) Can't seem to Empty Recycle Bin -> Whenever I double-click on "Recycle Bin", there're no files inside the folder. But when i click "Empty Recycle Bin", system prompted "Are you sure you want to delete all 54 files?". Upon clicking "Yes", another error popup box stated "Cannot remove folder bases: The directory is not empty".
4) Popup box error: \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Temp\C31F31E6 is either corrupted or unreadable.

I had tried to run AVG Anti-Virus scan, but it had only captured cookies.
I had also used the Malwarebytes' Anti Malware on 2 occasions. 1st time: it had not completed successfully. It had ran for more than 7 hrs (on quick scan) and then just hanged there. 2nd time: Same thing. Quick scan, but also hanged after around 2 hrs or so. When I looked at the f... Read more

A:Right-click "Properties" on desktop & Disk Defragmenter doesn't work

The MalwareByte hung again yesterday night!

The filename, at the point of scanning was C:\Documents and Settings\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\L9580913\Desktop.ini.

Any idea how I can resolve these errors?

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I got new Desktop recently, Lenovo K450e, and when I went to plug in my external HD, Seagate 500GB, it didn't show up in either My Computer or Disk Management and there are no exclamation points next to the drivers suggesting that I would need a driver update. I plugged it into other ports on my computer with no luck but when I plug it into my laptop it works fine. I have read so many different forums with no luck. My computer is a Windows 8.1 intel core I7 processer.

Thank you

A:External Hard drive not recognized in My Computer or Disk Managment but it is on my laptop

Make sure you update and apply all the Windows updates before trying to use this new computer. You can run Windows Update manually for this

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My laptop is currently running on windows XP Home Edition.

I have been facing numerous problems:

1) Right-click "Properties" on Desktop does not work. It doesn't bring up the window for the wallpaper/screensaver.
2) Disk Defragmenter cannot start.
3) Although I have deleted all the documents in the Recycle Bin, the icon on the desktop still shows that there are documents in the folder. When I re-click into the Recycle Bin folder and click "Empty Recycle Bin", the number of documents still remain the same. I cant seem to clear all these unwanted documents at all.

Any solution out there?

Pls help.


A:Right-click "Properties" on desktop doesn't work & Disk Defragmenter cannot start

Are you saying there is no context menu at all when you right-click on the desktop?

Do you get any message when you try to run the defrag app?

What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?

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My problem is that I cannot access the internet through my LAC. I enable the connection and it will connect and send packets, but will not receive any packets. I have no problems enabling my wireless connection and connecting to the internet. The wireless does like to disconnect and reconnect about 3 or 4 times an hour which is another problem I have. I believe this LAC problem started around the same time I was trying to get shared music between my computers on iTunes. I was trying to allow for connection on port 3689, but everything I did was unsuccessful. Any suggestions for any of these problems I'm having?

A:Solved: Local Area Connection: doesn't work, Wireless: does work

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Pasting in contextual information from another post. ~ OBconflicker.Bi!nf worm keeps reappearing, windows defender monitor stops working, slow computer, windows search protocol windows pop up, Malware, virusPop up windows keep appearing "Windows search protocol host stopped working and was closed" Itunes occassionally doesn't work, Media Sync doesn't work. Hard Drive keeps working in the background. Windows Defender no longer monitors the running programs.End of added information. ~ OBLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 8:46:00 AM, on 1/11/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18349)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exeC:\Program Files\Digital Media Reader\readericon45G.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\IntelDH\CCU\CCU_TrayIcon.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\IntelDH\NMS\Support\IntelHCTAgent.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exeC:\Windows\WindowsMobile\wmdc.exeC:\Windows\System32\hkcmd.exeC:\Windows\System32\igfxpers.exeC:\Windows\sttray.exeC:\Program Files\... Read more

A:microsoft windows search protocol host stopped, slow, firefox doesn't work, itunes doesn't work

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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I have a hard disk that I want to clone my C drive to, and I connected it via USB external; it showed up fine, I formatted it. However, since XP doesn't recognize boot drives through USB I wanted to attach it internally before I cloned my system drive over for when I do a boot test.

However, the drive that showed up just fine through USB isn't showing up when I plug it into the MB. It is recognized and is powering up, because when the system posts, the initial screen shows it is connected, and it gets warm after a few minutes, so it's working and the system can detect it, it is just not showing up in Windows.

I checked, and it's set to Slave.

What's the problem?

A:Solved: Hard disk not recognized?

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