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Disappearing Drive I seldom use my drive E. I just noticed again that i'ts not in "my computer". Actually, this happens many times already. Can you please help me on how to search for it.... I really need to fix this badly today....I have some dealines to do. Thank you so much.... Sofia Amor

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Sometimes this is a signal of a degrading PC, either the drive or the PC board. The drive is detected during POST, and if it does not respond then it will not appear on the drive list. Check for poorly made connections in the ribbon cable (if ATA)

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My computer will not play my CD's anymore. I'll place the CD in the drawer, it closes, and there are a few green light flickers like it's getting ready to do something and nothing at all happens.


If you have a Windows OS, you may have an issue with Autorun being disabled or no default program being associated with the CD. (To check open the File Explorer and see if the optical drive lists any content. Press the Windows key and E simultaneously (or double-click on the Computer/My Computer icon for Windows versions before Windows 8).) I will note that some Windows 8 computers will query a user about how to respond to a disc with a message that disappears before you notice it.

If no disc is listed, try using a cleaning disc to clean the lens. If you still get no response, check if the discs work in another computer. If they do, consider replacing the optical drive. (The drives do fail. Since a new internal OEM DVD burner will cost ~$20 for a standard desktop (SATA interface), they aren't worth fixing. Slim drives for laptops and ultra-small form factor desktops cost a little bit more.) If your computer is older and uses IDE (40-pin for desktop, 44-pin for laptops) ribbon cables, the drives cost more. There are adapters that will work in some desktops.

If the disc is listed, double-click on the optical drive listing. See if you get a response from double-clicking a file on the disc. If that is the case, then Autorun for CDs has been disabled on the computer. Go to the Control Panel and then select the Programs section. (Start > Control Panel for Windows 7 and earlier; for Windows 8, press Windows key+ X and select the Control Panel or activate the Charms menu (Windows key +C) or hover on the upper right side of your monitor and drop down. Choose Settings and then Control Panel). Select the Default Programs and then the change AutoPlay settings. Scroll down to set the defaults for CDs. Click Save to make sure the setting holds. You may have to reset the AutoPlay settings at intervals. (There was some issues with malware on external storage that caused Microsoft to decide to disable AutoPlay for user "protection".)

If double-clicking on the file doesn't work, try right-clicking and choose Open With. Then search for a program that will play your music. You can set this program for future use from the default programs section of the Programs Control Panel. (Use the Associate file type with a program or Set Program Access and Computer Defaults links.)

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(Note: Windows 8 doesn't play DVDs without third-party software. or an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro + purchase of Media Center. The Media Player should play commercial CDs.)

Sep 07, 2013 | Computer Cases

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My acer aspire 5334 will power up but windows will not load how do I fix this issue


Check all connection points on your caddy power and data leads

Figure out whether you need a hardware or software fix.

Look for grinding sounds from your drive or humming that starts or stops.


These are signs that the actuator arm and discs are no longer in alignment and your drive is timing out.

If it seems as though nothing is wrong with your hard drive, it's probably time for a software fix.


Run one of the many software fixes, if you think the problem is related to software.

These programs feature on-screen directions, making it easy for you to progress through them.


If this works, you don't need to fix a physical problem.

Remove the many tiny screws that holds the drive together.

Eventually, you'll get to the innards of your drive.


Be very careful not to bend or force a piece to go where it doesn't want to.

Determine if you've set things straight.


Look to see whether anything was loose inside your external hard drive.

If you have recently dropped it or traveled with it, it is possible that something came loose.


Also check that all the arms and platters are straight and do not appear bent in any way.

If they are bent, straighten them with your hands or pliers.


Put everything back together and check that everything in your external hard drive is working properly.


Try using the external hard drive on another computer.


click start control panel administrative tools computer management device manager scroll down universal serial bus controllers you could see a yellow question / exclamation mark? ! or a red X


you will need to update/reinstall drivers right click to reinstall drivers


if you can see your usb but its not working ports(com&lpt)right click update driver


sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable


just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again


if you can see your usb drive but its not working

ports (com&lpt) right click update driver if this fails to fix the problem


check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red white green black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems to a computer and its parts


if it still cant be detected or If the hard drive that has failed is the same one that you are trying to recover from might the reason that you are getting this error.


This could be an issue where the part of the hard drive you are trying to access is corrupt and not accessible which would explain the reason that it would let you access the other partition.


Now I have seen cases where Malware can break the link of a Hard Drive.

So let's try a couple of steps.


Let's go back in to "Disk Management"

Lets right click on the partition that you are not able to access and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths"



Now try selecting a new Drive Letter.

This will restore the path if it has been broken.


There are also Data Recovery programs that might be very helpful to recover your important information.


Downloads to Recover Your Files and Save Your Bacon and 10 Best Free Hard Drive Utilities.


Some addition links found on Google
http://www.datarecoveryreview.net/


http://www.easeus.com/resource/hard-disk-data-recovery.htm


or if its a usb external drive you might need a usb 3 card installed on your computer your computer might not have enough usb output power


USB 3 card will provide more power when needed to the device to gain maximum throughput and conserve power when the device is connected but is idling

http://blog.premiumusb.com/2010/09/usb-2-0-vs-usb-3-0/


these can be purchased on Ebay cheap and easy to install

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/PCI-e-PCI-Express-USB3-0-Card-new-NEC-720200AF1-chipset-/330608109325?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cf9c7670d


for roughly $9 or $10free postage


hope this helps

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Usb pen drive transcend D33193 not recognized problem:


You either have a non functioning Transcend drive which happens, or a non functioning counterfeit drive which also happens, alot. Also, these drive are susceptible to breakage if left in pockets, school bags , etc. Be sure to examine the metal plug end for starightness into the drive housing, if it at an awkward angle, you may well have broken the drive.

If you go to Control panel, system, device manager.

It should show up as an unrecognized device. Right click uninstall, then up top click on "actions" and select "scan for hardware changes". A dialog box will pop up asking if Windows should search for the latest driver- click "Yes, this time only"

If it is a driver issue, this should fix it up. If it will not do anything at all, you need to return your drive to the place you purchased for a refund.

Jan 07, 2011 | Computer Cases

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TS-8 series case I'm having trouble fitting optical drives ,its tool free fitting but I just can not seem to make room any tips would be helpfull


If it is "tool-less", is there any "slider" that locks/unlocks the drive into its correct position?

Try a different drive-bay.

Does the drive slide PART-WAY into the drive-bay?
If so, and there are other drives mounted in the adjacent drive-bay,
loosen the screws that are holding those drives, and then push
a little harder on your drive.

Oct 10, 2009 | ASUS Computer Cases

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Packard bell itreme 1908 will not restore from maufactures disk


Rob: Do you mean compact disc, or diskette?

If it is a diskette ("Floppy"), there is a chance that the information on the diskette is fried and useless.

If, however, it is a CD? When was the last time you cleaned your CD drive? It does need to be cleaned, best once a month. The "cleaner" is actually a CD with tiny brushes on it that clean the optics in the CD drive.

The CD itself could also be fried (badly scratched, dirty, or even heat damaged).

Dec 02, 2008 | Packard Bell (ATXGM28AP)

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Cd drive


try to unplugged all the connection through the CD/DVD drive. and plug it again.. maybe this would work. sometimes this happin for faulty connection for ide cable and supply cable.

Sep 02, 2008 | Computer Cases

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C:application cannot run in win32 mode


I've ran across with this virus called UST Funny Scandal. Its actually a worm virus that spreads immediately on all local drives and it originated somewhere in Asia.

When using YM, it actually sends automatically to all your friends this certain virus program via PMs. And the behavior of your messenger suddenly becomes erratic.

NOD32 could actually help but for sometime after removing the pesky "autorun.inf" which is hidden, eventually your drive won't work the same as it was before.

Best solution for this is to download a program called NOOB Killer and run it. After running it restart your computer and you'll be fine.

Also, turn-off your autoplay so whenever you plug a flash drive infected with a virus it won't run automatically.

To turnoff autolplay:

Run the RUN Command and then type gpedit.msc ( .msc stands for Microsoft Console). After running it, click the Administrative Templates and then click the System folder on the right pane look for "Turn Off Autoplay" and double-click it. Click the radio-button "enabled" and from the drop-down list click "all drives" and click apply and ok and close the gpeditor.


Enjoy. =))

Aug 25, 2008 | Computer Cases

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Having the problem with "sino gusto funny scandal.exe"


I've ran across with this virus called UST Funny Scandal. Its actually a worm virus that spreads immediately on all local drives and it originated somewhere in Asia.

When using YM, it actually sends automatically to all your friends this certain virus program via PMs. And the behavior of your messenger suddenly becomes erratic.

NOD32 could actually help but for sometime after removing the pesky "autorun.inf" which is hidden, eventually your drive won't work the same as it was before.

Best solution for this is to download a program called NOOB Killer and run it. After running it restart your computer and you'll be fine.

Also, turn-off your autoplay so whenever you plug a flash drive infected with a virus it won't run automatically.

To turnoff autolplay:

Run the RUN Command and then type gpedit.msc ( .msc stands for Microsoft Console). After running it, click the Administrative Templates and then click the System folder on the right pane look for "Turn Off Autoplay" and double-click it. Click the radio-button "enabled" and from the drop-down list click "all drives" and click apply and ok and close the gpeditor.


Enjoy. =))

Jul 08, 2008 | Computer Cases

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Tiny CD conection cord probe suposed to fit positiveto foot 25 negative foot 26


Actually the pins go on the Slave connector (the connector in the middle of the IDE cable) while the CD/DVD is connector to the Master connector which is on the end.

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Raidmax Scorpio ATX Mid-Tower Case


The on/off connector is the power labelled one. The one thing you may have to do is (if you have'nt already)connect the power connector from the PSU to the processor power supply, close by to it as it may not just run off the motherboard ZIF socket for it's power up.

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