Optical drives (regardless of which interface they have) never require a driver when used in Windows OS's up thru Windows Vista and 7. They are a 100% plug and play device once the SATA controller driver is installed. It appears you either have a defective drive or the system is lacking the proper SATA hard disk controller driver. Or it could have a dislodged cable.
And optical drives are not installed by "installing a driver", the system installs the drive (and it's driver) automatically without user intervention once the SATA controller driver is installed and shown in Device Manager as "working". And you don't get an optical drive to work by disabling the hard drive... that trick is done by enabling the optical drive in BIOS setup. A boot disk will never work on a SATA interface optical drive until the SATA controller driver is installed. Just make sure the SATA controller is not disabled in BIOS setup.