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SATA Optical drives not recognized

My optical DVD-RW drive worked fine until several weeks ago when it dissapeared from devices on my Windows 7 64 bit computer.  I have a MSI 980-G65 Motherboard with the latest drivers.  
I looked online for a driver for the ASUS DRW-24B3LT drive but could not find one.  I then swapped SATA1 and SATA2 cables on the mobo to test for bad cables and SATA ports.  The HDD that was on the other cable/SATA port, is recognized fine with the DVD cable on the DVD SATA port.  So i figure the drive is bad.  I order a Samsung SH-222 BEBE OEM SATA DVDRW drive and plug it in.  
Device not recognized.  The drive is supposed to be PnP and i can not find a driver for it.

Coincidently, I purchased a SSD HDD after the drive stopped working, and installed a fresh copy of W7 64.  The old DVD drive is not recognized on the new copy of Windows either.

I'm stumped.
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Unfortunately the firmware in some DVD/CD devices simply will not work on 64-bit windows, or even certain 32-bit versions.

Go to ubuntu.com and download the bootable image for a USB flash drive. Painless instructions are on the home page.  Does it work in linux?  If so, you are going to have to get another DVD because i can't imagine you downgrading to 32-bit XP.

Let's face it, a replacement DVD is under $20, and for just a little bit more you can go blu-ray.
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The abbreviated update is that I unplugged the cable going to one of the HDDs and swapped it with the DVD drive again, just to make sure it was not a physical problem and...
One HDD and one DVD drive now appear in BIOS and Windows.  I would say it is either the port or the cable..
As for my troubleshooting skills..
Probably simple as the cable was not fully seated :P
And full restart may have set it
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Looks like there are only 3 SATA ports on the board.

I traced the wires and the DVD and SSD were recognized, and plugged into ports 1 and 2.  I unplugged the SSD and plugged it into port 3, booted, and only the optical drive is seen in BIOS.

Think anything can be done to repair or get SATA port 3  working again?  Otherwise, I probably have to invest in a PCI card with internal SATA ports.
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Thanks for all your help.  The last comment by ve3ofa saved me from purchasing a new SATA card.  I had checked the manual last week and the schematic shows a top down view of 3 of those double sata ports.  A closer look at the product page would have shown me 6 connectors, but I overlooked it.
All drives are now available, connected to the working ports.