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DVD RW Drive Cant Read Disks

by BBL52 / February 28, 2009 1:23 AM PST

I have an internal IDE Memorex DVD-RW 16 double layer drive that doesn't recognize DVD disks or CD disks. I first noticed this the other day when I tried to install a new program. Last time I used it (it has been several months)I didn't have a problem.

When disks are inserted the drive light flashes but when I try to check the drive contents in my computer it tells me to insert a disk.

I have tested the drive in "safe mode" - sames issues
I have uninstalled the drive in Device Manager and allowed Windows XP to reinstall - same issues.

The drive is recognized in device manager and it is not flagged. I can open the drive door from my computer.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get the drive working again?


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2009 2:21 AM PST

Here's the test I use.

1. I see if I can boot a CD from that drive.
2. If that fails I swap in a new DVDRW.

There has never been one case where we would repair the 20 dollar DVDRW drives. It costs too much to repair them.

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Thanks Bob
by BBL52 / February 28, 2009 9:15 PM PST
In reply to: No.

I appreciate your help. I think I'll be shopping today!!

You are one of the few who understood & differentiated "Can't read disks" from "not recognized by the computer.

Again, thanks for the input!


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"The test"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2009 10:09 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks Bob

Thanks and keep in mind that test. It's my acid test for such drives because it removed any OS issues.

Those 20 buck drives last 2 or so years and found at Fry's, newegg.com, geeks.com, etc.

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