By Delia / Last Updated August 20, 2020

Why DVD drive not showing up in Windows 10?

Despite the advent of more and more storage devices, DVDs are still used by many computer users to back up files and store recordable media like photos, music or text files. But in recent years, a problem has been reported from time to time - DVD drive not detected in Windows 10 or other earlier OS.

There’s nothing wrong with the hardware and it worked just fine not long ago, suddenly things changed. The DVD drive can’t be recognized anymore in This PC and Device Manager, which is a huge inconvenience for Windows users since replacing the DVD requires much time and money.

To resolve this problem, it’s better to figure out why DVD drive not showing in Windows 10. And according to the feedback from users, it usually occurs after following operations:

  • Upgrade system.

  • Install or uninstall CD or DVD recording programs.

  • Uninstall Microsoft Digital Image.

Dvd Drive Not Showing Win 10

How to fix DVD drive missing in Windows 10?

If you have this problem, don't worry, many people have been in the same situation and fixed them successfully. You can have a try on following methods.

1. Make sure your DVD drive is correctly connected

Before you do anything else, check again that your DVD drive is properly connected to the computer. This doesn't sound like the cause of your problem, but it can at least help you eliminate a possibility.

Besides, there are actually some cases where users plugged in wrong ports. To connect DVD drive to PC correctly, you can refer to the user manual of motherboard.

If the problem still exists after confirmation, you can move to next method.

2. Updates Windows 10 to the newest version

If you find DVD not detected in Windows 10 right after a system upgrade, this issue is very likely to be fixed in the next update. So you can check your system to see if you’ve upgraded to the latest version.

Steps:

1. Press Windows + I key to launch Windows Settings.

2. Select Update & Security > Windows Update.

3. Tab the Check for updates button on the right pane. If there’s newer version, install it.

Win10 Check For Updates

3. Reinstall the DVD drive

Device reinstallation can sometimes solve the problem. Just perform it in Device Manager.

Steps:

1. Right-click the Start button on the left-bottom corner of your screen, choose Device Manager in the menu. If you are required to confirm the administrator identity, allow it or type the correct password.

2. Click the arrow next to DVD/CD-ROM drives to expand the menu. Right-click your DVD drive and click Uninstall device. Here you can also try to update driver.

3. Restart your PC. Windows 10 shall reinstall the DVD drive automatically after booting.

Uninstall Dvd Drive

4. Remove IDE/ATAPI drivers

This method has saved many users from DVD drive not showing in Windows 10. Just delete the Channel 0 and Channel 1 entries under IDE/ATAPI controllers.

Steps:

1. Launch Device Manager in the same way.

2. Choose Show hidden devices in the View menu.

3. Expand IDE/ATAPI Controllers and then right-click ATA Channel 0, ATA Channel 1, Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller to choose Uninstall device respectively. If there are additional entries, delete them as well.

4. Reboot the PC. The DVD drive will be automatically reinstalled.

Uninstall Ide Ata Atapi Controllers

5. Fix corrupted registry entries

DVD drive missing can also occur when registry entries are corrupted. Therefore, deleting corrupted registry entries in Registry Editor is a feasible solution. But to avoid serious problems caused by incorrect changes to the registry, it’s recommended to backup it in advance.

Steps:

1. Press Windows + R key to open the Run dialog box.

2. Type regedit in the Run dialog box. Then press Enter. If you are required to confirm the administrator identity, allow it or type the correct password.

3. Enter the following registry subkey in the navigation pane:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

4. Right-click UpperFilters in the right pane to Delete it. If it doesn’t exist, go to next step.

5. Right-click LowerFilters in the right pane to Delete it. If it doesn’t exist, go to the next method.

6. Quit Registry Editor and restart the PC.

Notes:

  • To take this measure, you must be logged on Windows as an administrator.

  • Some apps might not work correctly after using this method. If so, try uninstalling these apps and reinstalling them with the updated version.

Delete Corrupted Registry Entries

6. Create a registry subkey

For users who can’t find UpperFilters and LowerFilters in registry editor, try this method instead. It’s also recommended to backup the registry at first.

Steps:

1. Press Windows + R key to launch Run box.

2. Type regedit in the textbox and click OK.

3. Enter following registry subkey in the navigation pane:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi

4. Right click the atapi folder, choose New > Key.

5. Rename the new folder as Controller0 and select it.

6. Right click the blank area on the right, choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

7. Rename it as EnumDevice1, then right click it and choose Modify.

8. Type 1 in the Value data box. Then click OK.

9. Quit Registry Editor and restart your PC.

Notes:

  • To take this measure, you must be logged on Windows as an administrator.

  • This method only supports Windows 10 version of 1507 and Windows 8.1/8/7.

Create Registry Subkey

7. Backup your system in case DVD drive missing again

Hopefully your problem can be fixed with one of above methods. If so, well done and congratulations. But just to let you know, there are a variety of reasons can cause DVD drive not showing up in windows 10. It's not surprising that you'll find yourself in the same or similar situation again.

So in addition to practical solutions, a preventive strategy is also necessary in my opinion. For example, if you create a system backup before any failure occurs, you can easily restore it to a healthy state when needed. This way you don't have to work hard finding the cause of the problem and trying the corresponding solution.

To realize this idea, the only thing you need is a reliable and easy-to-use Windows backup tool like AOMEI Backupper Standard. First of all, it’s a freeware so you don’t need to pay for basic functions we need here. It also provide flexible options and plans to suit your different situations. With the Schedule feature, you can even run the system backup task automatically on a regular basis.

Steps:

1. Download, install and launch this software, go to Backup interface and choose System Backup.

System Backup

2. Select a destination directory as you like such as local disk, external hard drives, USB, cloud drives, NAS, etc.

If you want to distinguish this task easier, edit the Task Name.

Select Destination

3. Click Schedule to set up a plan for performing automatic backup, such as daily, weekly or monthly.

When system crashes, you can easily restore it to a time point when everything is fine.

Schedule Settings General

4. Alternatively, you can click Options or Scheme to manage further settings. Then click Start Backup.

Start Backup Scheduled

5. When backup completes, click Finish to exit. Then you can manage the task in Home page.

System Backup Complete

6. Next time you encounter a system error like DVD drive not showing, you can click Restore and choose Select Image File to find the image file you want to restore.

Select Image File

Other helpful features:

  • Create bootable media: some errors might cause the system to fail booting at all, thus you can’t solve the problem by normal means either. To avoid this dilemma, you can create a bootable media with AOMEI Backupper Standard. When system crashes, just boot Windows through this media and then restore the system to a normal state.

  • Auto delete older backups to save space: after a long time of scheduled system backup, the image files in your destination directory will accumulate to an amazing size. So if the automatic backup runs frequently, or your computer has limited space, you can upgrade to advanced editions such as AOMEI Backupper Professional, and use Scheme to delete older backups automatically without affecting normal operation.

  • Auto backup when system startup or USB plugged in: in addition to Schedule based on frequency, you can also choose Event triggers or USB plug in after upgrading to advanced editions.

  • Various backup and clone modes: system backup will only create an image of system partition. You can also perform file/partition/disk backup, or even clone them to protect your important data from system crash or disk failure.

Conclusion

You can fix DVD drive not showing up in Windows 10 with above mentioned methods. But considering it could happen again in the future, you’d better create a backup of the system when it’s in good condition. AOMEI Backupper Standard is a good choice to complete the task easily and safely.

As a backup software with complete disaster recovery solutions, this software also help you to solve Windows problems such as boot configuration data missing in windows 10, SSD won’t boot in Windows 10, startup repair not working in Windows 7, etc.