CDRW/DVDRW missing from My Computer, Device Manager, Drive Management..., for Windows XP OS


  • Hi,
    My Toshiba A105 laptop with XP SP2 was working fine till two days back. The last thing I did with my CD drive was to write a data CD using Nero software. The next day, I could not find the CD/DVD drive in My Computer, Device Manager, and Disk Management. I used the 314060.exe tool provided in these Microsoft forums to remove the upper and lower filters. This did not solve the problem. Then I did a system restore to the day on which everything was working fine. But, this did not help. I have also removed all third party CD/DVD writing software.

    I tried logging into Safe Mode to fix, but still did not find the CD/DVD in My Computer, Device Manager, and Disk Management.

    If I load a data CD, I can hear the disk spinning and the LED also lights up. I believe this indicates that the disk still has power. The Toshiba Dignostic Tool says that it could not fing the CD/DVD drive.

    Any help is appreciated.


    Saturday, November 24, 2007 6:23 AM

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  • Same issue with my Toshiba Laptop also.


    Saturday, December 29, 2007 6:07 PM
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    Friday, February 01, 2008 9:01 PM
  • Hi Shankar,


    Did you ever find a solution for your problem??? I have exactly the same problem on my laptop.


    Any help is much appreciated.



    • Proposed as answer by isimchin Saturday, April 09, 2011 1:50 PM
    Friday, July 04, 2008 3:05 PM