PC running Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Desktop not mounting a SATA DVD/RW drive connected via USB

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I have a new mini PC running Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Desktop and wish to connect a SATA DVD/RW drive as an external device from my former PC where it was installed in one of the 5 1/2 in bays. I am using a SATA to USB powered adapter. My PC does not see the drive. What do I need to do so my PC recognizes and mounts the DVD/RW drive when connected using USB? I tried following the suggestion from ubuntu-wont-recognize-dvd-drive. Using the CLI command: sudo lshw -C disk the system lists the NVMe drive and the internal SSD drive only.

  sudo lshw -C disk Output:

       description: NVMe disk
       physical id: 0
       logical name: hwmon0
       description: NVMe disk
       physical id: 2
       logical name: /dev/ng0n1
       description: NVMe disk
       physical id: 1
       bus info: nvme@0:1
       logical name: /dev/nvme0n1
       size: 465GiB (500GB)
       capabilities: gpt-1.00 partitioned partitioned:gpt
       configuration: guid=c84532ac-6562-4404-af07-571de437b7e7 
                      logicalsectorsize=512 sectorsize=512 
       description: ATA Disk
       product: Samsung SSD 860
       physical id: 0.0.0
       bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
       logical name: /dev/sda
       version: 4B6Q
       serial: S598NJ0N356841B
       size: 465GiB (500GB)
       capabilities: gpt-1.00 partitioned partitioned:gpt
       configuration: ansiversion=5 
                      logicalsectorsize=512 sectorsize=512
Michael Moriarty avatar
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Am I not supposed to see it listed as a device in Files under Other Locations and be able to read the contents of the CD?
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The solution to the problem of not being able to use an external DVD/RW drive with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS as an external drive was to use a better quality USB 3.0 to SATA III 6 Gbps Optical Storage Adapter.

It was possible to connect the DVD/RW drive to a Raspberry Pi 4B 8GB running Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

As was suggested in the comments, there was no need to load any drivers, it just worked.


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