CD-RW won't recognize disks

By JLmaine
Jun 26, 2007
  1. I have a 2-yr old CD-RW drive on a Dell. It recently stopped recognizing any CD (blank, data, or audio). XP troubleshooter tells me the drive is operating normally. I've tried reinstalling the driver, but suspect this is a physical problem with the drive itself.

    Any ideas, anyone?

  2. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277


    Use the following:

    • Ad-Aware 2007
    • Spybot Search & Destroy
    • AVG Anti-Spyware
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    JLMaine - Find a bootable cd and try to boot off that. If it won't it is a physical problem, so check the cable to make sure it is securely plugged into the drive and motherboard. If it is, ensure that your bios is set to boot off a cd. If it still fails to boot, switch data cables. Then if it still won't boot or read cds your drive is dead.

    If it boots and you lose it in Windows, then almcneil's advice should be taken.
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