I am running Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit on a ThinkPad Yoga, which as no built-in optical drive. The ThinkPad's BIOS, drivers, and Windows updates are all the latest available.
When I connect my ASUS SBC-06D2X-U Blu-ray drive to the ThinkPad, the drive does not show in Windows Explorer or Device Manager like I would expect. Windows beeps to acknowledge that I plugged in the drive; and the drive gets power: the lights on the drive's tray flash green initially, and I can open the drive by pressing its eject button; but there is no sign of the drive in Windows.
When I connect the drive to another computer (running Windows 7 Pro 32-bit), it works fine.
I checked whether ASUS provides a Windows 8.1 driver for the drive, but it seems like Windows 8.1's generic PnP and driver is all that it requires like I would expect. I also ran the Windows 8.1 troubleshooter, but it found no related problems. And I have searched online for possible causes but not found anything helpful.
Can anyone suggest why this basic Windows functionality seems to be hamstrung in my case and how I can resolve the issue?