How do I restore my missing drivers?


My computer is about 2 years old and everything was working just fine, up to about 3 months ago. My CD drives kept disappearing and reappearing on me.

NOW, they are totally gone, and I cannot get them back no matter what I try.

The DVD (E) drive will open and close but will not read any CD's

The CDRW (D) drive will not even open.

The CD drives do not appear anywhere on my computer. Not even in the system properties.

Please, any information or help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You



This question was answered on January 31, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You can restore the display of missing drives by editing the Registry directly Editing the Registry should be done only by experienced users and with extreme care and the Registry should always be exported or backed up before any changes are made

1 Start the REGEDIT.EXE program

2 Go to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

3 Double click on the key NoDrives and enter a value of 0 to display all drive letters or enter a binary value where each suppressed drive is represented by a 1 and each displayed drive by a zero, starting with drive A: from the right

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Posted by Ileen of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on January 31, 2003