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DVD writer dead

Any particular reason some of these fail so fast? I've had two recently stop working.

They both eject fine and Win 7 sees the drive control panel is happy with it but it pops up and says insert disk when I insert a testing working disk.

One was a Dell and the other was a Liteon I think.

Any tricks to reviving them?
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  1. Oh and they are SATA if that matters.
  2. If the disc is scratched, the drives may be having a hard time reading it. Try some other discs, if you haven't already.
  3. Thanks. I've tried several disks. I am going to try the drive in another computer. I did have a spare drive that worked in this computer by just swapping out this bad drive.
  4. Best answer
    If another drive is reading the discs, then the drive is failing.
  5. Best answer selected by herderby.
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