the drive has suddenly gone bad. It will not spin up and when I throw the old hardrive on it configures the cd drive as a dvd ram drive but you cannot read anything on the drive contents. I have swtiched power plugs and sata cables and nothing. the windows 7 disk will read on another computer no problem at all. The only other drive I have is IDE only not sata. I wait and get another drive and try again.
If it not spinning up yes a new drive, if you have an ide connector on your mobo then all you need is an ide ribbon cable and you can connect up the ide drive as long as it is a known good working dvd drive.