Windows 10: Windows can't see the DVD drive after the computer went unused for a few months.

Discus and support Windows can't see the DVD drive after the computer went unused for a few months. in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Split from this thread. I see many questions but have seen no suggestions. Here is my situation. I had an activated copy of windows 7. I upgraded... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by kimmarch-force, Apr 17, 2021.

  1. Windows can't see the DVD drive after the computer went unused for a few months.


    Split from this thread.​


    I see many questions but have seen no suggestions. Here is my situation. I had an activated copy of windows 7. I upgraded this to windows 10 when that was first an option. I have run windows update many times over the last few years. I know that in 2020 I was able to see the DVD drive in the file explorer and was able to read, play, or otherwise use the contents of the media. I recently turned on the computer after leaving it alone for months. I ran windows update it now shows that everything is current.


    I am not able to see the DVD drive. This is true whether I try a blank unformatted disc or one that has data that I can read on another machine. When I boot I have the machine set up to dual boot and use the same hardware I am able to read/write/play DVD contents under Linux. My first thought is that somehow there is no longer a driver or that the driver got corrupted. I see advice to run the "hardware and device troubleshooter" but this seems to be no longer available on this latest windows 10 update.


    Do you have any idea how I can proceed? Has that troubleshooter been eliminated?


    Thanks

    :)
     
    kimmarch-force, Apr 17, 2021
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    Well my cousin is coming down soon with his laptop to get his DVD drive fixed because on my computers his DVD drive isn't appeared on the list,he can eject his DVD drive but it doesn't appear on windows..anyone know how to fix this?? would entering bios help?? would i be able to format it?
     
    kurosagi01, Apr 17, 2021
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  3. DVD RW Drive

    Hi Julia,

    Welcome and thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community.

    I understand that you are having a tough time working on the computer.

    Please provide us the following information:


    • What is the make and model of the computer?

    • What is the exact\complete error message?
    Step 1: Try updating the DVD\CD-ROM drives from device manager.

    • Press Windows key + X and click on
      Device Manager
      .
    • Expand DVD\CD-ROM drives .

    • Right click on the driver and select
      Update Driver Software.

    • Restart the computer.
    Step 2: I suggest you to check and install if there is any latest firmware update for DVD drive from the computer manufacturer.

    Hope it helps.

    Do update us with the details, we are glad to assist you further.
     
    Abdul_Malik, Apr 17, 2021
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  4. Bree Win User

    Windows can't see the DVD drive after the computer went unused for a few months.

    Dvd drive not showing

    Is this the HP 15r014tx in your system specs? If so, try the steps in this thread....
    https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebo...r/td-p/6186456

    It may be that your DVD drive has a hardware failure (as was suggested in that thread).

    More HP support and diagnosis suggestions here in their Help pages....
    https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03370738
     
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