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The best solution is to change the drive. At some point, I had to do it in my every laptop. You could try some magic, cleaning stuff for optical drives as a last resort. Acer don't have a good opinion when it comes to hardware durability.


This is a windows problem, it is a known issue for windows 7. Best solution is to not use windows to burn CDs/DVDs and use another piece of software. Unfortunately there is no way to recover the CD/DVD that you just burnt. it is now a coaster.


You have an older IDE Slim Optical drive. I have never found a straight up USB converter for slim non sata ports. The thing you may want is a board that converts the optical drive to USB, or better, get a kit that has the housing to convert to USB. But, for the cost of a kit, you could get a new external optical drive.

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