How To Fix CD/DVDROM drive - not detected by bios, detected by Windows?

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There have been no hardware changes in the past three months, and my current installation and configuration began back in late April. Many computer manufacturers set the computer to automatically boot off of the hard drive by default so setting the factory defaults might not be what you are looking for. Can anyone help me get my bios and cdrom back together again? Once my system boots into Windows, however, the drive is recognized and acts normally as if nothing happened in bios.

What I need, though, is access to the repair function on the disk. I have the latest version of my bios. The problem is I just do not know where to start to solve this. I hope that helps.  

When I boot up, media in the drive or no media, bios does not show the drive in its list. I can still open and close the drive as if nothing is wrong there, but I cannot "boot from CD". Media operates fine. I've reset my bios back to defaults and while the drive appeared on IDE Channel 1 in the settings, it still would not recognize ANY media while booting up.

I have also tried changing cables. should be CD or optical drive first, then Hard Drive or IDE-0 second if you want to boot from the cd-drive. However, herein lies my problem... The drive is on an IDE channel by itself.

I have checked the event viewer, and there are no entries anywhere that states my optical drive has been experiencing problems, and yes, in fact it operates just like it always does. Look for the screen that has the boot order or sequence and just change it, exit and save settings and restart the computer with the boot cd in the drive. I wish I could say how long this has been happening, but I really don't know as of today.

I should have came to this conclusion sooner, but my current re-installation of Windows has some problems that I haven't had the time to address until now.

What causes CD/DVDROM drive - not detected by bios, detected by Windows?

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Pentium 4 2.8ghz 1 gig ram.Purchased this tower from ebay, turned it on to find the dvd drive is not showing in my computer.checked in device manager and not there. I have no idea what this is or if it has anything to do with the dvd drive.The drive is LG GH22NS50 Black Dual Layer DVD?RW Writer Please help!!!! So I checked in the bios not detected.

Try a different cable, plugged into a different port on the motherbaord.Also check that the jumpers don't need setting (unusual if they did on a SATA drive, but no unheard of).
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DVD Drive detected by BIOS but not Windows

Not worth the hassle of trying to make an old PATA drive work, regardless of how much it initially cost. That may make it work.

Decided to install an aftermarket DVD drive from my old pc. Any help in resolving this matter is appreciated.

After the BIOS screen it pulls up a JMicron screen that displays the drive name in green lettering. I would just buy another SATA drive but don't see the need when I know this one is functional. (plus it cost me 3x the amount of my Asus SATA drive)

New SATA CD/DVD burner drives are cheap. It powers on and the tray works. On the other hand, There may be some driver needed to make the PATA controller active in Windows.

But, the PATA drive, being the only PATA device should be set (jumper on the rear of the drive) for Master. I've tried making adjustments in the registry, disconnecting and reconnecting the drive and all jumper options (Master,Slave,Cable Select). It's the only IDE drive that is connected to my motherboard.

If it won't work set as Master, set it as Cable Select (labled CS or CSEL on drive). Newegg sells them for under $20. It shows up in BIOS under boot device priority but can't be found once I log into windows. The DVD Drive in question is a Pioneer model DVR-A18M.

DVD Drive detected by windows but not buy BIOS

That doesn't seem possible.

Any ideas?

Look again.

Ive recently installing a DVD drive (Pioneer DVD-ROM DVD-104) into a mates PC.

Windows detects the drive fine - read DVDs etc but when I enter the BIOS (Intel Corporation D865GLC) it fails to detect it.

M.2 SSD Not detected in Windows but detected in BIOS

it was there for a while and I'm sure! I then installed windows 10 on the HDD to try and format the SSD in windows and surprise! I wanted to upgrade it with an SSD so I bought a ADATA Premier SP550 2280 M.2 SSD. I removed the HDD and tried again, same issue.

what a shame !   

no sign of the SSD nowhere, not in browser nor in Disk Managment or Diskpart. The BIOS detected it normally, but windows installer wouldn't find it.

did HP remove it or what ? Apparently HP disabled the M.2 port in BIOS as mentioned here ( ) I updated the BIOS the the latest version provided by HP for my laptop model and the same issue is still ongoing, this is a 120$ SSD that I can't use nor return as the problem is the HP product not ADATA's SSD! The simplest solution is in the hands of HP, just release a BIOS update with the M.2 port ENABLED !

3rd Hard Drive detected in BIOS but NOT in Windows

BIOS detects it on IDE Channel 2 (Master) with correct specs. But then, I use nothing but FAT-32 for all my drives. For safety, the new drive should be the only one connected during this process, so you don't wind up formatting your OS drive. I use my Windows ME boot disk to FDISK and Format every hard drive I get before I ever present it to Windows XP.

They have a real bad habit of working loose. I see no way to format it. IT's a minor detail, but it's already bit a bunch of people in the pants. AHCI and RAID are disabled.

Now I'm trying to install a third SATA drive (another WD6400AAKS). Otherwise, the drive will NOT be seen. That is to say, un-partitioned and un-formatted? If your SATA port on your mobo is SATA2, then make sure that the SATA1 jumper on the back of the drive is REMOVED.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. During bootup, I can see all 3 drives detected at POST. I fasten all my SATA cables to my drives with HOT GLUE, so they can't come loose. Good Luck,
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Even if you set up a drive as FAT-32, in Windows there's a Utility to convert it to NTFS, if that's what you want. I have never, ever, presented a new hard drive to Windows without first booting the system up to DOS and partitioning and formatting the drive. My problem is that Windows XP doesn't detect the third drive.

Almost an afterthought.......make sure the data cables are TIGHT. I have...

Hard drive not detected by Windows or BIOS

Windows 7 Professional x64 (with all updates)

Mother Board:
1. I purchased an IDE to SATA Adapter and installed it into my computer.......nothing. Now I can no longer see the hard drive via USB or direct connection to my PC. OS:

HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will include more detail about my issue in hopes of a better diagnoses. I am aware I have two separate issues.

Hard drive not detected by Windows or BIOS [SOLVED]

I know this is has been addressed before; however, the responses did not solve my issue.


The hard drive powers up both in the external case and with the adapter. In order to correct the file structure issue I have to gain access to the drive. Western Digital WD2000JB-00GVA0
(single or master pin setting)

ULTRA SATA to IDE 100/133 Adapter #ULT40322

Have you looked in Disk management?

ASRock 880G Extreme 3 (with latest bios)
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

1. I took it out it's case and noticed it has an IDE connection for a motherboard that only has SATA connections. BIOS is set to IDE mode

Hard Drive:
1. You should be able to see and format it there.

The BIOS and Windows still does not see this drive. I accidentally changed my external hard drive from NTFS to HFS when prompted, while connecting via USB to a macbook.

Drive detected by BIOS but not by Windows installer

This drive has been pre-repaired by PCWorld - I wonder if they did anything odd to it?

After connecting the drive to your desktop, please go to control panel > admin tools > computer management > Disk Management. Hopefully that will work and solve your issue.

A SATA 2.5" drive has a corrupted OS on it and I want to format it and then reinstall a fresh copy of Windows. If your drive shows up there, it mean physically it is ok, just that its partition tables has gone wonky.

If I remove the drive and connect it as a SATA drive to a desktop (so I can format it that way), it again shows up on the BIOS but is not available as a drive in Windows Explorer.

Any ideas on this anyone? You can simply delete the existing partition tables there, and re-create new one and format it.

The drive is detected by the BIOS but does not show up as an available drive in the install routine (no drives found).

SATA drive neither detected in Windows or BIOS or startup

I tried booting normally again.. no drive detected, not even the error message!So I tried to plug the hard drive on my desktop computer but it could not be detected in the BIOS and in Windows. Hay!My friend's laptop had a windows file corrupt (Error message before Windows starts about HAL.DLL) so I booted up with Ubuntu to correct that but I could not see the hard drive and could not mount it.

Hard drive detected in BIOS and Debian but not Windows.

Please stick to one thread and do not create duplicate threads on the same topic.It does not help.

After I accessed it on Debian, it reappeared on Windows. I ran Seatools but my computer froze when Seatools was scanning for drives.

It seems that accessing the faulty drive causes Windows 7 to crash. I rebooted but it was still missing. What can I do to fix this? How is this possible?

The BIOS shows it and Debian is able to mount + read files on it.

I have a 3TB hard drive that suddenly disappeared from Windows Explorer AND Device Manager.

ThinkPad T410s - Primary Micro SATA HDD not detected by BIOS - Only Detected By OS Platforms

errors.  I just can't use this as my primary drive anymore because it will not initialize with BIOS.  I am hoping that I do not need to replace the MOBO as they go from $50 - $150 US plus shipping.   OS's used:Win10x64Win7x64WinXPWin98SELinuxMintBT5-R3KaliLinuxUBCD - FreeDOS - LINUXDoss6.22 Any thoughts on this issue would be greatly appreciated

It sounds like something is timing out.  It is hard to be sure without swapping either the drive or the MB.  You might go into the BIOS and select diagnostic mode for boot.  That would do a memory test and it might slow things down enough to mask the problem

I have a Lenovo T410s - 29123RU BIOS - V1.5 (6UET70WW) 2012-10-11 - (updated from V1.1 this morning hoping it wold solve the problem)ECV - 1.14MTM - 29123RUCPU - Intel Core i5 M520 @ 2.4GHzRAM - DDR3 - 4GBx2 - PC3-10600s This laptop uses a 250GB - 1.8" Micro Sata HDDTOSHIBA MK2529GSG - 250GB - HDD1F07 M BL02 The other day the laptop was running fine then all of a sudden crashed.  I tried to reeboot and i got -  ERROR 2100: HDD0 (HARD DISK DRIVE) INITIALIZATION ERROR (2)PRESS ESC TO CONTINUE I have run scans on the drive itself using: HD Tune ProHDD RgeneratorCrystalDiskInfoTestDiskUBCD- ViVard v4.0- TAFT v1.2Passmark B...

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I got no help at all on my issues. SSD & HDD show up.See attached Screenshots.OK, so I take out the HDD ultrabay so I can run some benchmarks on the SSD, then when I put the Ultrabay with the 1TB HDD back in and it won't show up in Windows??? I manage to solve it myself... thank you!

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SSD not detected in Win10 install but is detected in bios

Are you going to have boot partition (windows will create some small ones it needs) and data drive(s) or one large C:drive

I am super confused please help! I have a Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 2.5" 1Tb with a Asus ROG Maximus VIII Hero LGA 1151 intel z170.

Click the word "New" in the screen shot you provided. Struggle - Album on Imgur

Welcome to the TenForums @Roketmann

If this is a brand new drive it needs to be initialized. I'm booting it with UEFI USB priority. I'm at the final step of installing Windows 10 onto my PC I have a bootable USB drive connected and everything goes smoothly until I have to select a hard drive!

It will then want to create a partition. You should then be able to install windows, it will tell you that it will create additional partitions. Not sure what your strategy is for using 1TB. It's a clean ssd do I have to reformat it?

As you can see from the photos below, the ssd is detected in the bios but not in the hard drive. I am not sure whether drive 0 Unallocated space is my ssd but it also says it has 0 free space.

DVD Drive Will Not Read CD/DVDs in Windows 7 (Detected in Bios/Windows

Is the drive listed in explorer after boot? In fact, I've run these all several times now. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

The problem is, it won't read any disc (ive tried about 10) including the very same windows 7 install disc it previously installed from hours prior. The drive works, as I used it to install Windows 7 in the first place. I'm absolutely at my wits end with this, and I can't even get support from Samsung as the product is a Canadian model and they seem to only support US models. Alternatively you could try swapping SATA connectors just in case the current one for your drive has gone south.

If you have another DVD/CD-drive lying around, you could try swapping with the Samsung - we need to do this to try and isolate whether the actual hardware is faulty. I installed a fresh machine today with Windows 7, and got everything to work minus my Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM. So far I've tried removing the upper/lowerfilters from the registry (they werent there in my case), update to the latest firmware, ran the driver detective driver scan and update, removed the drive from device manager and restarted, and run the microsoft utilities all to no avail. It is detected by BIOS, as well as showing up in My Computer.

Keep us posted and regards


Re-read your post - disregard the q about the drive being shown in Explorer

ide hdd 2nd drive detected in BIOS but NOT in

i have WD sata hdd as master that have window 7 on it and i connected on the IDE hdd to be the slave .when i turned windows and i go to my pc i do not see the hdd that connected to the IDE slot on the motherboard (P4i65gv) but it is showing on the BIOS when i restarted the computer and did the F2 .what can i do in order to see it,please advice Did you set the jumper to slave?How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

CD/DVD Drive not detected in bios

I tried unplugging and plugging the cords back in. That worked out fine and is detected in my bios and everything, however i can't install an os because my optical drive is not being detected.

Well, i decided to start fresh and installed a new harddrive because i believed the old one to be faulty or corrupt etc. I'm sort of limited with the proper terms for the computer but i believe its plugged in with an IDE cable (Might be obvious but eh) and another smaller cable (I don't know)
Is there anything i'm missing, do i have to somehow setup the drive?

DVD/CD drive not detected in Bios

The drive works fine for burning Cd's and DVD's and shows up as working normally in Device Manager. My DVD/CD drive is no longer detected in the Bios of my Asus A8V Motherboard. It used to be, how else would I have installed XP.

This one has me baffled. I have it attached as the Primary Slave and the Bios says that it's not detected. Any thoughts?

Check the drive select on the drive and also the hard drive and make sure the hard drive is master and the dvd drive is slave and it should be ok after that.

Hard drive not detected in BIOS.. Help!

The specs are:

Dell inspiron 1525
Intel Core 2 Duo
250 Gb hard drive
Running windows vista home premium 32 bit

Any more details you need I'll be right here waiting and will respond quickly.

Please read the rules and do not double-post. I have all the driver and windows discs that came with my computer.

So my computer crashed on me and after doing research I found that BIOS is not detecting my hard drive. Is there a way I can fix this or is my computer just heading for the scrap heap.

hard drive is never detected by BIOS

Computer boots up and memory test is fine.

I have a single 80GB drive in the computer. Bios never sees the hard drive (even after I replaced the IDE cable 3x's)....think the drive is dead?

That's one possible reason. It's set to master (CD is unplugged).

The bios gets to the "detected IDE devices" and just hangs...and hangs...and hangs. I've tried all combo of the jumper on the drive too (including cable select). I suspect the hard drive is dead (but it gets power because it's nice and warm). Is it worth getting a new HD, installing an OS on that, running the suspect drive as a slave, and seeing if BIOS picks it up then? (this may be pointless - i'm new to this lark - but it's what i'd do if i were you).

If I have the cd-rom problem there finding it. Another is that the cable is somehow faulty, or the Motherboard damaged? Ray

After about 5-6 minutes, the bios will finish it's POST and I'll get "boot disk failure insert system disk and press enter" on the screen. When I get into the bios, and I try to auto-detect the drive, it never finds it. I found your thread because I have a similar issue, but sounds like mine is more soluble than yours. Big deal..that doesn't do much for me, since my hard drive is never recognized.

What do you guys think?

No Bios? No Hard Drive detected? Please help!

We rebooted pressed the Tab key and got a screen with the boot settings in we didn't alter anything in that just exited and rebooted. Hardware initiate failed, Please check device!!! We can't get the boot screen back by pressing the Tab key. Press <g> to continue!

It just goes to another screen saying. Press <Tab> key into user window! VIA Technologies, Inc VIA VT8237 Serial ATA RAID BIOS Setting Utility V2.01

Scan Devices, Please wait....

NO Hard Disk Drive Detected. Could be something as simple as a loose cable too of course.

When we select F8 we get a choice of the DVD drive or the floppy drive. Now, when we came to boot it up it would start to load windows the screen would go dark nothing else would happen.

Now it doesn't even try to boot windows. When we do that we get the first screen we get when we boot up saying:
Press DEL to enter setup
Press <F8> for BBS POPUP
then it lists the controllers
then lists
Auto detecting Sec Master...ATAPI CD-ROM
Sec Master: SONY DVD RW DW_U14A 1.0d
Auto Detecting USB Mass Storage devices..
00 USB Mass storage devices found and configured. The BIOS does not be installed. Press F1 to resume.

I hope I have explained well enough and hope someone can help.

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