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How to fix a disk drive that wont read discs

Last response: in Windows XP
October 26, 2012 8:38:51 AM

Hi! My Sony Vaio laptop has stopped reading discs. They are not being detected by my computer at all. Does anyone know how to fix this? Or what is was caused by? It has not been damaged in any way, it just stopped. I would be so grateful for any help! Thank you!
October 26, 2012 12:54:51 PM

Thank you so much for your speedy reply! I did try this, but it didn't seem to change the result. Would you happen to have any other suggestions? Thank you so much for your time!
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a b D Laptop
October 26, 2012 3:22:13 PM

Can you read the disks? Is it just autoplay not working? If it's just the autoplay not working, sorry, I have no more suggestions. If it can't read the disk at all, then you probably have a defective drive.
October 27, 2012 3:19:48 AM

I cannot read the discs at all. I think it might be a defective drive. Do you know how to fix this? Or is it unable to be fixed? Thank you so much for all of your help!
a b D Laptop
October 27, 2012 4:05:25 AM

Bad drive = replace drive
a b D Laptop
October 27, 2012 6:37:31 AM

It probably is dead but it could still be worth trying a laser cleaning disk.

You may also benefit from trying the steps in this M$ KB;-

If you can't fix it, a USB external will cost a lot less than a Vaio replacement part.