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I have a compaq persario sr2050nx with an expansion slot and I recently purchased a
SONY 20X+18X DVD±RW LightScribe DUAL LAYER BURNER I bought it because the one that came with the computer was not burning properly. I put it in the expansion slot because the first one still read disks and I though it would be easier to just put it there. When I did that I turned on my computer and it install/updated itself but then my original drive/burner disappeared from the my computer folder. It still opens and closes burn I can't find it anywhere or don't know where to look. I was having other problems with my computer also so I unhooked the drive and formatted my computer so it would be back to like when I first bought it. Then after I did that and I reinstalled the drive again. Again in the expansion slot. It still did the same thing. The new drive shows up and works and the old one disappears. Is there some way to configure my computer so they both will work or is there a compatibility issue? I have put and older burner in there before and it worked fine for a long time then I started having some similar problems and I removed it and everything went back to normal. Is there some sort of configuring that I'm supposed to do that I'm not?

Thanks in advance
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Lets see if the computer actually recognizes it. Make sure both drives are installed before doing this.

  • Right-Click 'My Computer'.
  • Select 'Manage'.
  • Click on Disk Management, and see how many CD/DVD Rom drives are reporting.
Let us know what you find (also if both are reporting, tell us what letter is assigned to them.

Thanks!

Edited by Trippster, 15 June 2009 - 07:19 AM.

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I actually got it working.....though I'm not sure if it was the right way. I found some help on hp.com that told me to go into disk management and when I looked it only showed drive E: which is the original drive only my new burner had that drive instead of the original drive. I even went into the bios to see if it would show up there and it didn't. A friend suggested that my newer burner might be over powering the first one or something and that the new burner might have to be the master and the old one the slave but I was sure how to do that on the computer. So I figured I would just open her up and switch the cords around which would technically make my new one the main drive (E:) and the old one is now J: (the computer assigned that letter). Again I don't know if this was the right or best way but it's working currently. If there is a better way to ensure it works permanently I'll gladly take it. Thanks!

Oh also I tried changing the drive letter but it didn't really do anything because it was still only showing one drive instead of two at first in disk management.
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If you are using IDE cables to setup the drives then yes, issues can arise depending on how you setup the master/slave configuration. If you had them both as a master then I believe you would have one taking over the other. If they are setup with SATA then it should of just been a plug and play.

Anyways, if you got it working then I wouldn't worry about it. Let us know if it gives you trouble again.
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I'm not sure about the master/slave config but I know that I don't have to do anything after I hook everything up and turn on the computer. It just installs itself. If I have any more problems I'll repost. Thanks!
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Are the cables you used IDE or SATA? IDE is the ribbon type, very wide and bulky, while SATA is quite thin, and is not ribboned.
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I think I have IDE this link is a picture of my exact computer showing the cables.

http://h10025.www1.h...n...132&lang=en
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