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Do DVD-RW drives just stop working?

Discussion in 'Optical Storage & Writing' started by Saint, 31 Jul 2006.

  1. Saint

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Apr 2003

    Posts: 1,417

    Basically i've never had a problem with it, but as of yesterday it has just stop reading CD's :( Do these drives just stop working all of a sudden? There's no noises or anything, just the CD goes into the drive the computer thinks about it for a minute then nothing happens. Has it just died on me?
  2. vanandjuanunited


    Joined: 20 Oct 2005

    Posts: 5,683

    It can happen - also have you been messing about inside the case. It could be a loose ide cable. Only way to know if its dead is to try it in another machine.
  3. Saint

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Apr 2003

    Posts: 1,417

    Nope i haven't touched the inside recently. I will try it in my other machine and see what happens there!
  4. luminous


    Joined: 10 Apr 2006

    Posts: 394

    Location: Edinburgh

    Are you able to burn dvds but not read cds?
    Writers have 2 lasers cd one being known to fail.Hopefully you`re still in warranty.
  5. jklc


    Joined: 14 Mar 2003

    Posts: 898

    I've had a couple of drives die on me like this. I guess there's no real way of testing this in reviews :( I remember 2 Pioneer DVDRWs and an LG CDRW dying so far each in their 2-3 year lifespans.
  6. Daniel


    Joined: 3 Jun 2004

    Posts: 562

    Location: Bristol

    I have had a couple die also. One of mine would burn DVD's but not CD's :confused: