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Hard Drive Quit Reading CDs

by Dekalb_Danny / February 5, 2008 2:41 AM PST

Hi Everyone,
I have an emachine T2891 with a 60gb hard drive. It quit reading or writing cds. It still reads and plays dvds. Did I knock the head out of alignment? I did put two cds into it once by mistake. Any help would be appreciated.

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Hard drive and CD device are different
by jconner / February 5, 2008 5:41 AM PST

You may have damaged the optical drive or it may have failed. First try using a CD cleaning disk in it. If it still fails to read, replace it.

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Hard Drive you referring to is disk reader
by Dawg Monitor / February 5, 2008 7:04 AM PST

The Hard Disk Drive(Usually called the hard drive, HDD) has a disk like that is called the platter. Its permanently sealed in the HDD unless forced.

The thing your referring to is called the CD-ROM(DVD/CD-ROM, burner, etc). Its the one your able to put CDs in.

Back to subject, is it plugged in correctly? Could it be that its broken? Oddly, my old computer's CD and DVD-rom both broke down and wont read or wright CDs(And once placed back in will freeze the computer.
If all else fails replace it, I got CD-ROM for free from school =D

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