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Re: cd rom drive not able read data cd
First Go to control panel- System icon- Hardware Tab- Device manager Expand the CD/DVD roms- Right click on your CD/DVD drive and Uninstall it.
Now download the utility from the following link and just run it on your system. http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/XP_CD-DVD-Fix.zip
It will take a quick minute to run this utility.
After this restart your computer. It should work fine
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Not all Inspirons have CD burners (the 4 factory options were CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, and DVD/CD-RW. You can confirm that via Windows Start > Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager and double click on DVD/CD-ROM drives to see what model drive you have, then just Google it to see what it's capable of.
In case you have either a CD-RW type drive or a DVD/ CD-RW drive and it doesn't want to burn CD's , then it's a bad drive.
the same problem of mine is my drive cannot able to read DVD then i make the solution if you have CD RAM/ROM + DVD ROM then change it to CD/DVD RAM because in case of CD RAM and DVD ROM it may read CD but not DVD but sometimes it can read DVD also but when we copy data to computer it may freeze or give us error so i give you one suggest to buy a new CD/DVD RAM
While it's not legal to download, and burn DVD's illegally, if your rom has issues reading burned DVD / CD data, your drive may be faulty, or just needs to be blown out. Use a can of compressed air available from most office supply stores and blow any dust or debris out of the drive. Be careful not to touch the Lense, they are quite delacate.
If your drive still fails to read burned media, but does fine with normal media, the drive may not be able to read burned media at all, and you will need to replace it to do so.
These discs that are written on other systems, were they finalized or are they multi-sessions discs that have been left open? Some drives have difficulty dealing with multi-session discs created by other drives. By telling it it is OK to format the CD, it is writing a new TOC (Table of Contents) that is blank since it did not see anything on the disc previously (so it didn't know there was anything to carry over from previous sessions). Now all other drives that try to read this disc are now reading an empty TOC and figure it is a blank CD.
You can try writing a disc on another computer and making sure it finalizes it, then try reading it with your laptop. You can also try to burn data to a CD on your laptop making sure the disc is finalized and try to read it on another computer to verify these suspicions.
It's likely a laser alignment problem inwhich you will need to replace the hardware. However, I had a similar problem once with a notebook and found out that a tiny bread crumb was near the spindal making the cd in the drive off balance. Check liberally for any debris. Good luck!
This is often caused by a 1st generation DVD-rom. If the drive is a standard DVD-rom and not a cd burner then i would recommend replacing the drive with something more updated and it will usually take care of the issue. other wise is it possable that the cd that you are trying to copy has copy protection on it? if so that could be causing issues.
Hi there. While you are in XP go to the device manager, look down the list of devices for the DVD rom, click on the + icon next to the DVD rom, right click on the DVD and uninstall it, restart the PC and let windows re-detect the DVD and install it. I also suggest that you clean the registry, download Ccleaner from here, install it and clean the system and registry.
try a CD or DVD from a different package to make sure your CDs were not defective, try to use your cd on a fairly new pc, if it is seen as empty your dvd writer is broken and has to be replaced. it's cheap about 20$ You only need to take it out and see if it has a IDE(large) or SATA(smaller) connector to replace it with one that has the same connector.