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\015 I have a Sony optical drive connected through SATA. All 6 SATA ports show up in my BIOS, the optical drive is recognized correctly in BIOS no matter which port I connect it to. THE PROBLEM OCCURS ONCE WINDOWS XP BOOTS. I've swapped sata cables, swapped optical drives, deleted the upper and lower registry filters, gone through microsoft fixit, searched through my system errors looking for an sata problem (there wasn't one). This optical drive is PLUG and PLAY so don't tell me it's a driver issue! THIS IS A WINDOWS PROBLEM, I know that much. It's not the cables or the drive, it's not drivers or dvd/cd software because nothing has been changed since the drive stopped working. All system drivers are up to date according to my device manager. There must be someone out there who can tell me what the fix is. It's got to be a Windows update that caused this problem because that's the only change that's been made to my pc. No other software or hardware has been changed other than Windows XP since this happened. The drive tray won't open, it's not recognized, nor are the SATA ports recognized by windows. Also, in my device manager, under IDE/ATA, there are primary and secondary listed. I only have one IDE port on my mother board, so why does device manager show 8? Should only list 2. I refuse to waste my time moving all of my 300GB worth of files to another HDD just to reload windows. There has to be another way.\015

Answers :

In my travels through this nightmare called Windows, there have been some real issues. I ran into this same problem with XP with SP3, What I did was set up a virtual machine running Vista Premium and loaded the SATA Optical with the Vista OS which recognized it right off. I was able to use the drive just fine when using the Vista in the virtual machine but was not seen in XP. Have not found a decent work around this....just waiting for Windows 7 to come out so I dump both XP and Vista and start over learning another new curb, but at least I've been told that a huge amount of drivers are to be loaded into the new OS...we'll see.
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