My cd-rw suddenly stopped working, i have looked in "my computer" and DRIVE D: is not on there, so i bought a new cd-rw and replaced it with the old thinking it was not working, but the new one has not come up either,i have put the disc in and tryed add new software but nothing any ideas please what i have done! I am running on windows XP
Have you checked in Device Manager in Safe Mode yet?
The secondary IDE connections are the most likely cause - either they are not fitted correctly or are not firmly installed at the drive and/or motherboard.
If it is your only drive it should be set as Master using the jumpers at the back of the drive. If you have a CD/DVD-ROM drive and the rewriter, the ROM drive should be the Slave and the rewriter the Master.