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How can I get Windows to recognize my disc drive?

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Brief History of how I got here.  Deleted program "Content Watch" because it was causing other problems.  I did delete not uninstall (long story here not really relevent).  This is where the real problems began.  There was one file I could not find to delete but it showed up in startup in msconfig.  I disabled it but that caused windows only to start in safe mode.  I tried to reinstall XP Pro.  I did not uninstall it first.  I thought it would ask for repair or uninstall like many programs do when already installed and you run startup.  Well it didn't ask for repair or uninstall  but it did continue to run setup so I went with it and it appeared to have reinstalled.  The only drivers it ever asked about were my graphics drivers.  I assummed it found the others.   I guess it didn't complete because now it does not even recognize my second internal hard drive or either one of my DVD drives so I can't even try setup again or install my DVD drivers.  

My basics on my system are
MSI K8N Diamon Plus Mobo
AMD Dual Core Processor
4 Gigs of Ram ( or 3 according to Windows)
Dual Geforce 7900 GTOC cards with SLI link
Lite-on DVD burner with all the extentions +-DL, RW all of it
Plextor DVD drive
Primary hard drive 250 gigs
Secondary 60 gigs
External 250 gigs

I've tried the "Add new Hardware" route and I can't figure it out even running through the "already installed" portion.  I think I might be able to complete the XP install if I can get windows to read my dvd drive.  Any ideas on how to get it working?

Main Uses are typical home use plus video editing hence the extra RAM etc. and light gaming

Also, thought it might be virus at first and posted there.  If you want to see what I've already done go to:  http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/Viruses/Q_21891197.html
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How to perform a repair install of WinXP: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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Not everything is back the way it was but my disk drives are back as well as my internet connections.  
Thank you
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