Hello, and welcome to THG.
Sounds like you have a bad Drive. Weather one likes it or not, this can happen. Better get a new one. Also, how old is the system?
Old. It's my girlfriends. 2003 dell probably but the drive is fairly new. I make cds and dvs like crazy and since it seems my hard drive died (and her dvd drive died), i was just hoping for a temporary fix. I'll get a new hard drive eventually. Thanks for the welcome. I appreciate your reply.