CD Drive or DVD Drive is Missing or is not Recognized

CD DVD RomHonestly, there is nothing worse than whipping out a game or DVD that you want to play and suddenly finding that your DVD or CD Drive is nowhere to be seen. Thankfully, in most cases this a problem that is fairly easy to solve. I want to run you through some of best solutions for doing this!

The first thing you are going to need to do is open up the hardware troubleshooter which is located on your Windows operating system. The location varies depending on which version of Windows you are using, so if you don’t know where it is, a quick Google search should point you in the right direction.

This hardware troubleshooter will run through your hardware and check if there are any problems, if there are, it will attempt to fix then. Hopefully this should get your disc drive up and running again.

Why is my CD Drive or DVD Drive is Missing?

Sometimes a problem within the computer’s registry may actually be causing the problem. I do not suggest that you fix this manually, you will end up corrupting your computer if you don’t know what you are doing. Instead, you should work on the next solution as in my opinion this will fix the majority of missing disc drive errors.

Important: In my experience, most of the time the problem is going to be down to corrupt or missing drivers. This means that you are going to need to carry out a bit of work. This will involve identifying the cd disc drive that you have by name, heading online and finding the right drivers for your computer (there will most likely be multiple versions, it is important that you choose the right one).

Once you have done this, install the drivers as per the instructions you were provided. Hopefully this should fix the problem, and most of the time it does. Sadly though, I don’t think this is an ideal solution for those who are completely inexperienced with computers. Don’t worry though, we have a solution.

Now, I am going to be honest with you, installing updated drivers for your CD or DVD drive is actually a daunting experience, even experienced computer technicians absolutely loathe it. After all, if you end up installing the wrong driver, you could mess up your whole system.

Use Driver Turbo to Update Your CD / DVD Rom Drivers

This is why I suggest that you use a product known as Driver Turbo. This fantastic piece of software trawls the World Wide Web for the right driver for you, which means that you don’t have to. You are just going to end up with a working piece of hardware.

Of course, if Driver Turbo doesn’t fix the problem (and it should do in most cases!) it is likely that the whole problem is down to hardware failure, and that sadly means you are going to need to replace your CD or DVD Drive. Don’t worry though, they are fairly cheap nowadays. It should be fairly simple for you to install too!

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