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How do you know when your CDRW drive is starting to go?

By Linda
Jul 15, 2005
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  1. My drive is an older Philips CDRW 2412A. I just bought a new spindle of Verbatim cd-r disks, and was able to burn one okay. The second one, and 3rd, 4th, 5th all returned errors. I defragged my drives, and tried to burn different files. I also tried burning at the slowest speed.

    So all I can think of is, the Verbatim disks are bad, (all but one) or the Philips is going bad. How do you know when it is time to buy a new drive? Do they go "bad?" I don't think I have ever used Verbatim disks before, but I read they are okay. And I have used really cheap disks before with no errors...
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    You should try cleaning the lens first. Also, to rule out any Windows issues try the burner in another computer or use a CD Linux.
  3. Linda

    Linda TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well, I tried in Slackware. No good, it kept saying there was nothing in the drive: no media. I was using K3B.
    I dont know how to clean the lens, but I guess I better try it...
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    There are lens cleaning CDs available. Or you can just open up the drive and improvise with a cotton stick and some alcohol.
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