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If this is a CD/DVD, you should check the Device Manager to see if it is operational and if Windows "Sees" it. You may need to re-install its drivers. In Device Manager, that drive will have an exclamation symbol next to it if it's suspect.
This could be because the session on the disc is not closed. Computers and many of today’s recorders as well, allows you to keep the session open on a disc in order to be able to continue adding more information on CD-R or DVD-R discs, but leaving it open doesn’t allow you to play it on just any other player. Insert the DVD into your computer then right click the drive and select "Close Session" ( if the option is available, then test it again.
When you open my computer do you see the drive in the window? If the drive does not show up in this window you can check two things, check to be sure that the cable connecting the drive to the mother board is good. And the other issue could be that the drive itself has gone bad. If it is unable to read any cd's then you probably need a new drive. Be sure to put in several cd's to be sure it is not the cd disk.