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Reads cd but will not write?

I started out ok copying files to cd but out of the blue it will not write saying I do not have a disk in, when there is one that I have been writting too. Even tried new disk same thing?

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  • muller1974 May 11, 2010

    Could you give me the exact error....and answer all of these question...1 is the Disk full/ Is it a blank CD or DVD that you are using?. 2When i put in a Audio CD will it play? 3What is your OS system and what program are u using for copying files?4 Did i try a different program, does it work eg NERO? 5Does the system have a problem with the DVD or CD rom drive....go to contorl panel and system/ hardware, check DVD/CDrom in devices...is there a error? If there was a error, did you update the driver?

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Hey,

I'm sorry but in most cases when this happens you have a faulty drive, the drives are dirt cheap now a days and you can get a new better, fully working drive with a warranty from newegg.com

have a look here
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=5&name=CD-DVD-Burners

Let me know if you need anything else.


Thanks,
Ekse

Posted on Feb 15, 2009

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