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    Disappearing DVD Drive

    Hello everyone,

    I am running an Acer Aspire 5720Z laptop, and it has decided to no longer see my DVD drive (acer are listing it as a 'DVD-Super Multi double layer' drive).

    This is also the case in Windows Vista. Device manager isn't seeing it. I have been into bios and likewise nothing.

    It still spins when I insert a disk - but nothing appears in the os.

    Thanks for any help.

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    Re: Disappearing DVD Drive

    I would suggest that if it isn't being detected in Windows or Linux, that the drive is probably defective.

    Jim

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    Re: Disappearing DVD Drive

    I am fearing as much. Any diagnostic I could do?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Disappearing DVD Drive

    Bump.

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    Re: Disappearing DVD Drive

    Did you use a 3rd party partitioning tool to create partitions?

    Regards,

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    Re: Disappearing DVD Drive

    Hi Yezinki

    No, I used Ubuntu partition when I installed Hardy.

    Everything has been working normally and it has just gone.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Disappearing DVD Drive

    What were & are the Drive letters?

    e.g HD : C, Internal Optical : D etc.

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    Re: Disappearing DVD Drive

    HD 1 is C: , HD 2 is D, DVDRW was E:

    Thanks!

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    Re: Disappearing DVD Drive

    If the drive doesn't show up in either Vista or Ubuntu then a diagnostic program wouldn't work either. I know back when I used windows, Nero had a test disk creator, and you used that along with Nero's diagnostic programs to check the drives fitness.

    Jim

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    Re: Disappearing DVD Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by J A Smith View Post
    HD 1 is C: , HD 2 is D, DVDRW was E:

    Thanks!
    Hi J A Smith,

    Were the 3 drives like this, C/D/E before you installed Hardy?

    Did you manually add D drive or was it there from when you got the machine from the OEM?

    Does it have any removable media drives like MMC/SD etc?

    I would like to know the drives & their letters when you got the note book from Acer.

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