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Won't read dvd

I changed hard drive, added memory and a new video card. My friend took my old hard drive to retrive the info and put it on a dvd. It now won't reconize the dvd or any dvd I put in. I changed cables uninstaled and re-started cd/dvd,but a message "insert disk in drive" whenever you put one in. It still plays and rips cd but the sound quality seems to have suffered and it just started when I changed the hardware. I have installed windows media 11 and all drivers. I know this isn't an easy one
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I'd say that this is caused by whatever program was used to do the DVD backup..you'll need same program, to most likely unencrypt that data, no?

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