Solved

CDROM Drive Letter and CDROM Entry In Device Manager Disappeared Suddenly

Posted on 2004-07-31
10
518 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
Hi Everyone:

         Tonight, I made a successful ghost image of my HDD onto a DVD -R.  When I inserted this DVD -R into my cdrom and tried to open it to see the contents of the DVD-R, the system paused like it was going to lock up, then, after a minute or so, My Computer icon finally opened.  Right before my eyes, my drive letter for the cdrom suddently disappeared along with the driver reference made to it within Device Manager.  Is there anything I can do to get this corrected?

          Any ideas will be appreciated.

          Thank you.

          George
0
Comment
Question by:GMartin
  • 6
  • 3
10 Comments
 
LVL 44

Assisted Solution

by:CrazyOne
CrazyOne earned 400 total points
Comment Utility
Ummm George you cannot view a DVD in a drive that is meant to only view CD's. DVD's and CD's are two very different things.
0
 
LVL 44

Expert Comment

by:CrazyOne
Comment Utility
What operating system and have you rebooted without and disk that drive?
0
 
LVL 44

Accepted Solution

by:
CrazyOne earned 400 total points
Comment Utility
Try this. Open up the computer and unplug the CD Drive. Now reboot. Then shutdown. Plug in the CD Drive and reboot. What happens then?
0
 
LVL 1

Assisted Solution

by:bottlegreen
bottlegreen earned 100 total points
Comment Utility
CD drives cannot read DVD's. The sudden disappearance of your CD-ROM may indicate that Windows froze and the DVD might have caused unexpected errors. Restart your computer, and if the problem still occurs, you've probably damaged your CD-ROM drive.
0
 

Author Comment

by:GMartin
Comment Utility
Hi Everyone:

        It sounds like I may have accidentally damaged my cdrom.  I will totally shut down the computer and start it back up and see what happens.  When I restarted the pc, the problem still existed.  By the way, does anyone think I may have damaged the DVD -R with my ghost image?

         George
0
Do You Know the 4 Main Threat Actor Types?

Do you know the main threat actor types? Most attackers fall into one of four categories, each with their own favored tactics, techniques, and procedures.

 
LVL 44

Expert Comment

by:CrazyOne
Comment Utility
Umm it is possible but unlikely because the unless the laser in the CD Drive burned wholes in the data portion of the DVD then it should be intact. Take the CD Drive out of this machine and put it into another machine and see if works. If it does then the drive is ok.
0
 
LVL 44

Assisted Solution

by:CrazyOne
CrazyOne earned 400 total points
Comment Utility
In other words the CD drive is only reading and not writing unless this is CD writer. If it is just a CD Reader then it should not have damage the DVD
0
 

Author Comment

by:GMartin
Comment Utility
Hi Everyone:

       Good news!!!  I just shut down my pc and started it back up.  To my pleasant surprise, I saw BIOS displaying information about the drive and booted on up to XP.  The driver reference for the cdrom has reappeared within Device Manager and the drive letter for the cdrom has reappeared within My Computer.

       At this point, I am wondering if the ghost image file has possibly been damaged.  I doubt this happened, but, I just want to see what everyone else thinks on this issue.

       George
0
 

Author Comment

by:GMartin
Comment Utility
Hi Everyone:

        The problem is now fixed.  Since the DVD -R was put into a standard CDROM which is read only and not writable, it is reasonable to assume the image file is fine.  

          Thanks again everybody for helping me to carefully think through this situation.  

           George
0
 
LVL 44

Expert Comment

by:CrazyOne
Comment Utility
You are welcome George :)
0

Featured Post

Find Ransomware Secrets With All-Source Analysis

Ransomware has become a major concern for organizations; its prevalence has grown due to past successes achieved by threat actors. While each ransomware variant is different, we’ve seen some common tactics and trends used among the authors of the malware.

Join & Write a Comment

What do we know about Legacy Video Conferencing? - Full IT support needed! - Complicated systems at outrageous prices! - Intense training required! Highfive believes we need to embrace a new alternative.
Excel styles will make formatting consistent and let you apply and change formatting faster. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use Excel's built-in styles, how to modify styles, and how to create your own. You'll also learn how to use your custo…
Here's a very brief overview of the methods PRTG Network Monitor (https://www.paessler.com/prtg) offers for monitoring bandwidth, to help you decide which methods you´d like to investigate in more detail.  The methods are covered in more detail in o…

763 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

12 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now