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My dvd/cdrom drive doesn't read cds, it only reads dvd type discs…it used to work fine

Why would a dvd play and be read but the cds not be read? are there 2 heads, laser thingies that read differently? I thought it was one reader and it works for both types of cds and dvds ...
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My computer checks disk drives but won't boot

I have a desktop with a DVD player, a DVD writer, and two hard disk drives installed. On the master hard disk I have installed Ubuntu Linux with GRUB. For the past two days I've been having problems ...
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Why is my PC hanging when I insert a DVD?

I have a computer with a 500GB hard drive, an 80GB hard drive, and a CD/DVD drive running on a 450W Power Supply. When I connect power supply to all devices at the same time & when DVD is ...
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1answer
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Windows 7 install from DVD onto new hard drive

Hard drive failed. Bought new one. installed hard drive. downloaded proper iso file onto dvd. put disk in computer nothing happened. made boot disc from another win 7 laptop. put in disk, started ...
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Best media for long-term backup without access : USB key vs DVD vs SD card vs HDD vs SSD vs …?

Consider that one want to keep a backup of some data by placing a media in a secret place (under earth, in a rock, in a wall...). What would be the best media with the best long term data stability ...
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what to choose for backup: HDD or DVD [closed]

I want to backup my photos and I would like to know which is the better media to store them. I would prefer to store them on an HDD because of the space, but I don't know who has a better lifetime.
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Do hard drives need a GUID partition table (GPT) to boot in UEFI mode?

Is EFI booting something hardware specific? I have a desktop motherboard with a UEFI Bios, but I can only boot from USB drives in "UEFI" mode. Both the DVD drive and the HDD's (a RAID 0 array) boot ...
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320 views

Not booting to portable USB DVD Drive, though showing in Boot menu?

I have an AMD Duron, BIOS version is 2001 (an old PC). I want to do a clean install of Win XP. When i connect the USB DVD drive, it detects in the Boot Menu-F8, but soon the message comes - Insert ...
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Meaning of “drive” in “hard drive” and in “CD/DVD drive” [closed]

I wonder if my following understanding is correct. A CD/DVD drive contains only a head that writes data to the surfaces of a CD/DVD and reads it from them, not the storage device i.e. CD/DVD itself. ...
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1answer
539 views

How to see contents of hard drive that Windows 7 thinks is blank?

I have a Windows 7 PC (call it New7) that I built about a year and a half ago. Initially, I moved the hard drive from my wife's old PC (call it XP32) into New7 as a second drive. I also had a new ...
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1answer
447 views

Is DVDs safe to store data for future? [closed]

I've started collecting movies, which is the safest way to store the collected movies? Is it safe to store in DVDs or what should I prefer??
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Which is faster, USB drive or DVD?

I am installing Linux (YDL) on my old Powerbook G4. Thinking only of speed, which would be faster to install it on: a Lexar JumpDrive TwistTurn 32GB USB flash drive, or a DVD (a CD hasn't got enough ...
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2answers
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How to treat a folder as a DVD Video

I have a Video DVD and for faster access I have copied the AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS folders to a folder in my Hard Disk. Now, what software can I use to treat this folder as if I am watching the video on ...
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2answers
166 views

HDD spins, system unresponsive, after eject CD

I have had a recurring problem on my Windows 7 Home, 64 bit laptop. Whenever I eject a CD, the HDD spins and the system is unresponsive for as long as 20 minutes. If I don't want to wait, I have to do ...
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1answer
75 views

DVD-burner disappears when using grub

This is a rather annoying problem I have with Linux on my laptop. Whenever I install any Linux distro that relies on grub (which is about 99 % apparently) it will mess up my DVD-drive and the drive ...
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1answer
449 views

Hard Drive and DVD+RW Drive on same IDE cable?

I am about to build a system and have to forgo a new SATA hard drive for now. The motherboard I am going to purchase only has one IDE cable slot. Are there major disadvantages to putting a Hard Drive ...
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Macbook Pro keeps ejecting anything I put into the internal optical drive

My hard disk crashed and I need to reinstall Mac OS X. I restart, insert the installation DVD, press c on the keyboard and the dvd ejects. I've tried different DVDs, even CDs. It's a Macbook Pro from ...