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Lost my "D" drive?


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I inserted a CD into my "D" drive the other day and a window popped up and said "D:\ is not accessible. Incorrect function".
This is on my Dell Inspiron 5100 which I do not use much. In fact, I can't even remember when I last used the D drive.

I assume, somehow I had lost my "CD driver". I am not very computer literate. I went to the Dell download site to see about getting another driver for the laptop, but it was not clear exactly what I needed or what to do.

Do I need a new driver?
In simple terms (if possible) how do I correct this problem.

I don't know if it has anything to do with it, but a couple of month ago I had a computer infection and someone worked on my computer. It seems to run OK now...but no CD operation. Could they have deleted something?

Would a restore work? I was hesitant to try this because of all of the malware that was in my computer earlier.

Thanks for any advise.

Tim
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Optical drives don't need any extra drivers under XP.

Try one of these:
1. Uninstall the drive through Device Manager.
Restart computer. The drive will be automatically reinstalled.
or...
2. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060
Restart computer.
or...
3. Download, and run Restore Missing CD Drive patch
Double click on cdgone.zip to unzip it.
Right click on cdgone.reg, click Merge.
Accept registry merge.
Restart computer.
or...
4. Go to Device Manager, click a "+" sign next to IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers.
You'll see two items:
- ATA Channel0 (or Primary Channel)
- ATA Channel1 (or Secondary Channel)
Right click on each of them, and click Uninstall. Confirm.
Restart Windows. They'll be automatically reinstalled.
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I have completed all four items you listed above and still get same response when I try open CD.

Anymore suggestions???

Tim
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In that case, I think, the drive is dead.
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