OK, lately I've been having issues with my DVD-ROM and recently replaced it with a new one as I thought that might solve the issue - that is it was randomly disappearing from the system, requiring a re-boot to get it back.

Anyway I now realize I'm still having the issue and discovered that this behavior seems to happen when I run VMware Player to run Windows 10.

I know this sounds weird but it is duplicable every time I run VMware. I run it, mess around in Win 10, close out, and wham... no DVD drive

Any suggestions/thoughts?

My current OS is Windows 8.1 and you can check my system specs.