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Drive E wont read media

When I put discs in drive E I get an error message that telss me to insert cd. There is a cd in the drive. I've tried picture cds music cds and a variety of other cds. Nothing works. Someone said to go to my computer, to find properties/hardware/device- higlite the drive, right click to delete then reboot. I'm lost. Please help!

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Re: Drive E wont read media

Again go to my computer, to find properties/hardware/device- highlight the drive, right click and refresh or scan for hardware changes.
If its found your device works properly if not found please check when is your drive’s gate open to push the open button?
If yes please shutdown your pc and check your drive data cable.

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