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Hard Drive acting weird. Unable to read/write on drive C:, and other errors

Question: Hard Drive acting weird. Unable to read/write on drive C:, and other errors

Well, I've been having this problem for a while, but now it's getting a bit out of hand. When I go to stand-by and get out of stand-by, it says 'Unable to read/write from drive C:' and other times (just regular surfing, playing CS, etc) the HD locks up for about 10 secs. It also does a thing I'd like to call "HD-turns-off-then-turns-back-on-again-with-a-grinding-sound".

I've tried reformatting which had some '...trying to recover' errors. And I've tried ScanDisk on thorough A LOT of times and it came up with some bad sectors on some of the scans. I've also tried Western Digital's disk drive utils. but it has some weird error now saying the IDE isnt plugged in correctly, but it is.

40GB Western Digital HD
[ I won't say all the other specs. I don't want to intimidate other people ^_^; ]

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Answer: Hard Drive acting weird. Unable to read/write on drive C:, and other errors

Hi trunten

A grinding sound with a hard drive and many bad sectors is not good. It sounds like your drive has bit the dust. Since it is 40 gig there is a good chance that it is still under a warranty as most hard drives come with at least a 1 year warranty and many have a three year warranty. You could recheck the drives jumpers (master/slave) and reseat the data cable but I don't think that will help. BOL

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I do a lot of video editing, and I noticed a few months ago things slowing down considerably. I figured out my ultra DMA was switching to PIO mode in my primary IDE channel. My problem is I can't get it to stop doing this every couple of months. I have to uninstall the primary channel, upon rebooting its OK. Does anyone know whats causing this? What can I do to fix it? I'm assuming its write errors and I read somewhere that windows will convert to PIO mode if too many errors are encountered. All system drivers are up to date. I'm wondering if its a bios setting.

Win2000 sp4
Abit KD7-E bios DN
Maxtor HD x2 7200rpm 80 & 40 gig
VIA's 4.29

Answer:Hard drive read/write errors

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Idk how this issue start but , I was getting alot of error with my DVD drive , either when reading or writing ( burning ) . Even when it success burning a DVD sometimes it won't be able to read it . So basicly thought drive is bad , today I was going to buy new one , unpluged it then pluged ( hoped it works fine ) and it worked fine , Windows changed it letter to "I" insted of "H" , I tried my 2nd which swapped place with "H" letter , now it won't read or write properly.
I tried assigning anything with "H" letter I get errors, IO error , Cycle ??? error , very slow reading.

I did upgrade / repaired Windows 7 , didn't fix , I removed devices from Devics Manager , and registrey , still the same .

Any idea ?
Thanks in advance.

I might use format as last choice.

Answer:Windows Read\Write-Errors when using a Drive with letter H ???

name it something other than H? you dont have a removable storage device that youve labelled H do you?

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After doing multiple virus scans and HiJack this checkups, I do not know what is wrong as you can. Here is my problem. I was checking out some web links when all of a sudden my internet(firefox) crashed and could not reopen Firefox. After I clicked ctrl+alt+delete I found a process running called msiexec.exe. or something like that... I of course terminated the process and firefox booted up just fine.I found out just right now actually that I believe it is a process for installing things on the operating system made by microsoft.

Anyway after that and rebooting twice just to make sure nothing did screw up, I noticed that my hard drive was kind of screwing up so to speak. I was inserting a big slur of pictures from my camera about 300Megs on another partition. After that I inserted another few megs and got an error where it said I was running out of room on my hard drive. I was like how is that possible!!! I had 4Gigs on that partition free!!! I don't understand what the deal is about this. After also downloading an 80 Megabyte file I checked to see what how low my system drive would go down and it went down from 4.13Gigs to 4.9Gigs! What in the world! Why is it fluctuating by that much!!! Not to mention, how can a 2-300Megabyte file of pictures take up about 3Gigs on my main partition when I am transfering it to another partition. Let alone getting a write failure error after writing a few megs after that 2-300Megabyte file onto my computer, which would not allow me to... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Acting Weird~~~!!!

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I have an IBM Thinkpad A31, and I have windows XP on it. One day when I went to start it up, I got the Blue screen of Death during boot. So I booted using the XP installation disk and ran checkdisk and tried to repair the MBR. The check disk said there is nothing wrong, but writing the MBR failed. So I put a Linux live cd in, and copied the important files from it to a flash drive, then I proceeded to try and reinstall windows. I got to the point where I could reformat my drives, and I tried reformatting it, but it just got stuck at 0%. When I was in Linux I could open all of my files just fine, but I can't seem to write to the hard drive. It is NTFS, and I know that Linux doesn't normally support NTFS, so thats not what I am basic my hypothesis off of. I have also ran a boot disk with msdos and a disk wiper, that also fail to work. The msdos ran fine, but when I tried to write 0's to the disk, it just got stuck at 0%. Anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Hard Drive will read but not write.

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hello there, I have a computer pentium 4,2.4Ghz, 512mb ddr ram, 2 hdd each of them 40gb.The problem was the hdd.I have C: and D:Last night in the middle of watching my movie,i'm trying to access a folder named "movie" in the D: drive, and its not accessible (just a few second before it was ok)saying the folder might be corrupted.So, i just try to restart my computer.After the computer turn on back i was suprised the D: label change to D:Local Diskbefore this i already renamed the D: drive as D:Superb Backup,but that wasn't the best part yet. Trying to access the D: by double clicking it, an error popup, "D:\is not accessible, the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.I also check the D: properties by right clicking it, and it was not 40gb, it was 0bytes.So, i open partition magic 8, and i can see the software detect my D: but the name kinda weird D:?m? (i attach a screen shot)This is the 3nd time it's happened to me, the  1st time i just try to re-connect the IDE cable, uninstall the HDD drive driver from the device manager and then it solve, the 2nd time  i try to do the same but its not working then  i have to Format my HDD, i know this time when i format the hdd it will work back, but there are lots of important data in that 40gb. so please help me..I will attach some screen shot and hijack log.Please, if anybody have any idea.Right now i will try hook this HDD in another pc as a slave just to see what happen.Logfile of ... Read more

Answer:Hard Disk Drive Acting Weird

The same sort of thing has happened to me to,54780.0.htmlHow is the drive being reported in Disk Management ? ?If it says RAW you're in trouble... (advice from patio)

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I've tried googling and fixing this issue for 12+ hours. Here's the deal: whenever I open new programs, my hard drive jumps up to 100% usage. The problem is my read/write speed looks like it's capped around 10 MB/s. The manufacture says I should get an average of 156 MB/s.

I have a 6 month old Dell XPS 8500 (i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB-7200 rpm hard drive). I consistently take care of it (defrag, clean sweep, virus/malware protection). Please see the dropbox link or PDF attached for examples of my issue.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Dropbox Link:
Dropbox Video:

Answer:Hard Drive - Read/Write Speed Cap?

Actually, this looks normal, it is just taking a long time for one or two of those apps to get past Initialization stage. What is that "VProtect" thing, and I don't like that "Antimalware" thing you got underneath it.

If this is a Laptop, then it is most likely you are capped, at 5400rpm. I am going to check something, BRB.

Ok, "Capped at 10mbps" looks better than mine, the highest I see on mine is 5mbps. But I need to check my system while it boots.

When I boot this PC, all of the stuff that is loading makes everything peg out at 100%, not just HD, but CPU and RAM as well. But once it gets past it, everything goes down to very low use.

Those two items, are suspicious, who makes them, what are they - Vprotect and Antimalware?

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Today I experienced one of my fave raves about Win 10, the sudden decision on rebooting, just when I'd like to get something done, to start a lengthy update.

I don't know what was going on prior to the update, but when I THINK it finished, the hard drive began to show 100% read/write in Task Manager. It has continued for two hours, now dipping to 95% from time to time. I believe it is slowing my computer, or at least it would have in XP.

First of all, is there a way to get along with these updates a bit better?

Second, what gives with the hard drive? I hadn't seen this previously.


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Today I experienced one of my fave raves about Win 10, the sudden decision on rebooting, just when I'd like to get something done, to start a lengthy update.

I don't know what was going on prior to the update, but when I THINK it finished, the hard drive began to show 100% read/write in Task Manager. It has continued for two hours, now dipping to 95% from time to time. I believe it is slowing my computer, or at least it would have in XP.

First of all, is there a way to get along with these updates a bit better?

Second, what gives with the hard drive? I hadn't seen this previously.


Answer:Hard Drive constantly at or near 100% read/write

Screenshot of task manager please... thanks!

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Hey everyone,
I have a bizarre issue;
I have external Hard Drives formatted as exFat,
on a Windows 10 PC. I can read/write files through
Premiere Pro (it writes Renderfiles onto the Hard Drive) but if I use the Explorer
to copy files FROM or ONTO the hard drive the Mb/s just drops to 0 after a few
seconds and remains at zero and the explorer freezes.
Why can I read/write through a third party program but not through the explorer?
I'm in desperate need for help with this issue. It's not just the one hard drive,
it's any hard drive. I have tried formatting it as NTFS, same result.
please give me a hand, I'll be forever greatful.

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I have had a WD external hard drive successfully connected for over a year. The main purpose is to backup phots and music. I realized about 2 months ago that the backups were not happening and that although the drive (L appeared on My Computer, I could not explore it. It was originally connected by the firewire port so I tried switching it to the USB. I can power it down and power it back up and then read its contents for a short time, but it doesn't stay available.

At the same time, i have had performance issues. I return to my computer finding it has rebooted itself. This seemed to start about the same time the WD disappeared. I have to wonder if the two are related. I've run the Norton diagnostics I have available and defragged. The overall performance has improved, but I'd like to get the WD working correctly. Computer is HP Media Center PC, running XP.

Answer:Cannot read or write to external hard drive

The problems are almost certainly related.
Look in Control Panel/Admin Tools/ Event Viewer/System and Application for any red entries that may give you a clue.
You need to narrow this down to what's causing the WD to be unavailable.
You could also connect this drive to another computer to see if it works properly.

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I am getting a new computer and will be installing either the x64 or x32 bit version of Windows 7 and am looking into compatibility.

I had planned on just plugging in my external drive (plug-and-play) and am afraid I have totally confused myself.

My question is simple: Will Windows 7 run (read and write) my external hard drive? (and if so, should I go x32 or x64?)

Here?s what I have:

?Beyond Micro? external 320GB Serial ATA Hard Drive connected to my current laptop through a PC card adapter.

When I click on my ?Safely remove hardware? link it displays this option ?Silicon Image SiI 3512 SATALink Controller.?

I also ran a system information program called Everest which reports the following:
Under Storage, SCSI/RAID Controller: Silicon Image SiI 3512 SATALink Controller
Under Storage, Disc Drive: Hitachi HDT725032VLA360 SCSI Disk Device (298 GB)

I went to the Silicon Image site and the only ?3512? item they have is a ?SATALink PCI Express to 2-Port Serial ATA II Host Controller,? and I have no idea if this is what I have or not. It seems that if I approach the site from different angles I am getting different results. Now I find there: ?SiI 3512 ?PCI to 2 Port SATA150? and ?SATALink 2-Port PCI Host Controller.? I did download a 126 page data sheet. The cover says ?SiI PCI to Serial ATA Controller.?

This page MIGHT be the right one for the driver, but I am not sure if it?s for what I have.

Hitachi Link:... Read more

Answer:Will Windows 7 run (read and write) my external hard drive?

drcarl said:

Will Windows 7 run (read and write) my external hard drive?Click to expand...

Yes. It won't matter if you get the 32bit or 64bit version, but I recommend the 64bit version unless you have a laptop PC or older desktop PC. The 64bit version has no limitation on RAM usage; the 32bit can only address a maximum of 3.25gb or so (it depends on some other hardware factors like video memory usage, but it comes out to 3gb to a max of 3.5gb). I have 4 external hard drives that I use extensively, and the were all used previously with Windows XP. When Win7 hit the market, I saved what I wanted from my PC hard drive to the externals, then wiped XP and installed Win7 X64 and haven't looked back. All 4 of my externals work perfectly. You will not a need any drivers, they are built-in to Windows and have been since Windows ME which came out in 1999 (I think). The SATA port on the back of your PC is an eSATA port (the "e" is for "external") and it has a slightly different connector than a standard SATA drive port. Again, once you get Win7 installed in your system, and you install all the needed system drivers, the eSATA will function with an external hard drive just like an external hard drive that uses a USB port. The "Silicon Image Sil3512" is simply the motherboard SATA/RAID controller, and any drivers you may need for it will be included with the system or motherboard drivers CD, or should be available from the motherboar... Read more

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Hello, I have a brand new Ideapad G710  with 1TB Serial ATA 2, 5400rpm with advertised speed of 3 Gb/s (= 384MB/s).I am running Windows 7 ultimate x64 with SP1. When I test hard drive read/write speed (I used CrystalDiskMark) I get results of about 100MB/s, which is 3-4 times slower than it should be.I am not running any resource heavy applications (Resource monitor reports Disk I/O to be 0 most of the time in idle state). I have 3 partitions, each with 16-32GB paging file size and all are >90% empty. All partitions have been defragmented before testing. Is this normal? Are there any lenovo drivers or utilities than I might be missing or that can slow/speed this?


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Answer:G710 hard drive read/write speed

hi Daew,
Welcome to the Lenovo Forums.
The results that you got while running CrystalDiskMark is normal. The SATA 2 (3Gb/s) that you mentioned is actually the SATA interface support, not the actual read/write performance.
If you have a Seagate HDD (eg. ST10000LM024), check these specs
From the above specs, the unit has a cache that has a read/write max speed of 145 MB/s but there are environmental factors and power requirements to get this speed (eg. read/write speed on AC power is differente from battery power).
AFAIK, if this is the specs that is design for this drive, there's no way to speed it up.
If you're planning to upgrade in the future though, you can get an SSD for faster read/write.

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This is my first post and I must congratulate everyone involved in making this such a user-friendly and useful site. I'm not a techie - I just know enough to be dangerous!
My system is set up specifically for video editing (it's now about 2 & a half yrs old). It consists of:
Gigabyte 7DXR
Athlon 1600+
512 Mb RAM
Windows 2000 Prof
3 internal hard-drives:
C: 40 Gb 5600 rpm (Quantum Fireball) with the OS and apps on
E: 60 Gb 7200 rpm (Seagate)
F: 200Gb 7200 rpm (Maxtor)
For the video I'm running Premiere 6.5 with a Canopus DVStorm card which has a feature called Stormtest to measure the read and write speeds of the drives to make sure they are fast enough for video. Previously all drives have worked fine but I've recently been away for 6 weeks. When I returned and switched on there was an error message on the start-up screen. (I can't for the life of me remember what it said). With a click-click here and a tap-tap there everything seemed to be fine. I decided to have a disc clear-up and deleted about 30 Gb of video files, mostly from F drive. I also have an external 250 Gb Maxtor which I use to back-up the whole set-up using Dantz Retrospect. I decided to clear this disc and do a nice clean new back-up. Only problem was that writing and comparing from F drive seemed to take forever. Once it was finally done I did the Stormtest and found C & E were fine at read and write speeds of betw 11 and 15 Mb/sec, but F was down around 2Mb/sec. I tried runn... Read more

Answer:[resolved]Hard Drive read/write too slow

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I copied some large files from a SATA harddrive across a wired Ethernet 100Base-T network to a new LaCie NAS harddrive. I was surprised at how long it was taking, so checked Networking in Task Monitor. The network was shown to be operating at only 25-35% of its 100Mbps capacity. CPU was running less than 20% capacity. No other programs were running and nothing else was being transferred over the network. Computer a 1GB RAM, so that should not have been a bottle neck.

Is that a normal harddrive transfer rate or do I have a problem somewhere?


Answer:Solved: Hard drive read/write speed

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When listening to music on my backup internal hard drive I was getting distortion .

Upon further checking I found that using other files on the same drive made the distortion worse.

I also remembered that I had a problem earlier with this drive when moving and copying files, it seemed to take way too long.

Disc defrag and other utilities also took too long to perform their tasks ...over 10 times longer than normal.

I finally found the answer here, on this forum after much searching and reinstalling drivers from drive manufacturers....

"Problem solved!! - thanks to you putting me on the right track Jedi Master. I did a quick search on the net of PIO Mode/slow drives and there was a suggestion to uninstall the relevant IDE channel driver and reboot. Windows automatically reinstalls it and with another reboot the PIO Mode has been replaced by DMA. A quick run of Stormtest confirmed that the drive is now reading/writing as it should." RichardCRT
Thanks a million,


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I have just bought a new computer with home premium vista 64 bit.

It has all been working well until I tried to do a backup using acronius true image 11. That was when I realised that I can not write to any external devise via USB. Both my hard drives and a USB memory stick come up with the error "device is write protected, remove the write protection or use another device". All these devices work fine on my other computers which run vista 32bit and windows XP.

I have tried using diskpart which didn't work. I then tried going into the properties of the disk, then going into the security tab, hitting edit and clicking on allow write, but says "an error occured while applying security information. E: The media is write protected" I have searched through

I have an MSI P7N diamond motherboard (nForce 780i chipset) with 4gb of ram. 500gb WD HD. GTX 260 graphics card and Intel dual core E8400 CPU. I ahave downloaded and install all the latest vista updates and the drivers for my motherboard.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.


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Hello everyone, A few days ago I wanted to copy some files from a DVD to my hard drive, when I heard some very disturbing clunking sounds coming from the computer. I thought it was the DVD, but actually I was able to use that same disc on another computer with no problems, and as it turned out, the sounds were actually coming from my hard drive. Every 20 minutes or so it would make this short sound, like a hiccup or a beep of some sort. At one point I got a blue screen (BSOD), unfortunately I did not write down the error code. After restarting, it went into chkdksk. I let it do its thing but then after each subsequent restart it would ask to chkdsk again. It's only today that I first had a chkdsk-free boot-up. Now my hard drive is not making noises anymore, but if I am to insert a CD/DVD and read from it, the sounds appear again, and I'm not sure whether it's from the DVD-ROM or from the HDD. I tend to think it's the HDD but I don't see why DVD-ROM activity would trigger it. I even took a look under the hood to see if there were any loose IDE or power cables - everything looked fine, both for the HDD and for the DVD-ROM! The problem is, however, that my computer has become very slow ever since all of this started. I can still use it but it is much slower than usual, especially with tasks that require fast dataflow from the HDD. Looking at "Loading" progress bars for example, it seems that the HDD reads in "bursts" r... Read more

Answer:Hard drive problems (slow read/write, noises, BSODs)

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Please help Unable to run windows on any mode normal or safe when running in prompt mode and ask it to run chkdsk it gives me the following the type of file is NTFS, Cannot lock current drive, Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected. Have tried hard drive on another machine same happens Have put a new Windows 7 on a another hard drive and when I try to run chkdsk on this hard drive Iget the same message as anyone had the same problem please note the hard drives are different makes and the machines have different motherboards ect have also dtied diskpart without any success at present time looking in different forume this seems a problem to a lot of trouble
thenks regards Ric

Answer:Unable to run chkdsk hard drive write protected

Does diskpart detail disk tell yo it is read only?

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I just got an upgraded hard drive for my laptop. So, I am trying to simply copy my system partition between the two drives. I first tried gparted live. It said it encountered an error, and could not continue. So after a couple of attempts, i decided to attack it a different way. I decided to use PING to create a backup of the partition, and then just restore it. This I attempted 3 times, and each time a couple of gigs in, it indicates there is a read error, and the screen just goes haywire. (Instead of there being a nice interface, it starts scrolling, indicating read errors.) eventually the program shuts down. Now, windows is running fine on it. So what I want to do, is find a way to copy that partition onto the new drive with a "skip read errors" flag, but I don't know what one of the 100's out there to try. What program will likely successfully copy this partition for me?

Well I have some more info. I ran chkdisk with surface scan. It did find one error in stage 5 and corrected it. However, PING still failed. Tried seagate diskwizard. Index corrupt. This, it also failed. Some help, please?

Answer:Copying a hard drive partition with read errors

assume you have formatted it first or using the installation to format it ?

possible iffy HDD could have been dropped, unlikely but possible

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i am looking at a friend's computer (Acer Extensa 502T, Windows 98) for them and when i turn it on it shows the brand name screen, then a black screen that says "insert system diskette and press enter to continue"... i cannot start in safe mode nor can i get away from this screen by pressing escape... another friend says it sounds like there is a communication problem with the system trying to read the hard drive... i, of course, don't have the "system diskette", at least at this point.... any thoughts?? is this hopeless or is there some way i can fix it??

Answer:unable to read hard drive??

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   We have windows 2008 r2 domain controller and Windows 7 Pro clients. There is a requirement that user perform some run on software and software generate test file / result which are save on local D drive, now we need to assign permission that
domain users can read. write, modify, create new files/folder on d drive but do not rename or delete files/folders. For that i set following permission on d drive:
Full control for domain admin, local administrator, system
for domain users allow modify, deny delete and delete subfolder and files 
Owner of the d drive is domain administrator
After that user can read files but at the time of saving files the error is "you dont have suffieceint permission to modify files on this location" and o kb file created but if user try to save second time than the file will save on that same location
So  user need to save files two time and one file created with 0 kb. 
Please suggest a solution. Thank you.

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I have recently bought a Seagate 9SD2A4-500 (500GB External Hard Drive). It works like an absolute charm on every computer in my house (One version of XP and another Win 7). However, it does not work on my own computer.
It seems that this hard drive using USB 2.0 Cannot be read. When placed into my PC, (Win 7), it does recognise a device has been added, driver updates occur but it believes it is a "Initio Default Controller" I am unable to access it, reformat it or in any way change it. I have took advice from other sites and forums, for example I already have:

Used Seagate tools, but it doesn't work as the device is not recognised as it is an Initio default controller.
I have uninstalled content, reinstalled without allowing updates to happen, but a device is not recognised.
Used different USB cables, for example USB-B --> two USB A's so it can have more power, but it makes extremely loud noises and does not recognise it, and I think it is more damaging than helpful.
I have already determined that it is not the USB cable (USB-B to A) as it works on other computers. Similarly, it is not my own USB ports, as other devices work perfectly. It does have warranty, but bearing in mind that it works on other computers, I don't believe it is the hard drive's problem. It is most likely to do with some settings that I haven't considered so far.

Please can you help wise wizards of this forum!

Thanks in advance,


Answer:External Hard Drive being unable to read

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3582 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS, 320 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476837 MB, Free - 231825 MB;
Motherboard: Packard Bell BV, P5N-E SLI
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

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Unable to read my usb maxtor external hard drive. running win xp pro. also unable to read some usb flash drives. drive does not read in disk man.
tryed uninstalling all usb devices in device manage.

any thoughts?

Answer:unable to read external hard drive

What exactly happens when you plug your hard drive in the USB? Is it picked up by the computer?

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A friend just bought a new eMachines PC, with XP Home, to replace a 9 year old Windows 98 PC.  He asked me to transfer his files from the old to the new PC.  I removed the old 10 gb HD, which has a 1999 date stamp, put it in an external drive enclosure, and was unable to read the drive.  I could see the drive in Windows Management console, but it does not show up in the "My Computer" drive listing.  I tried to read the drive with Acronis Tru-Image ll, but got a report that the drive is a "not supported" drive.  I then installed the old drive as a slave in one of my machines, with exactly the same results as above.I assume the drive is missing certain features which are now required.  Do any of you hardware types out there have any suggestions?  The old PC has a CD writer, and that's about the only route I can think of now to extract data from this old, but completely operational, hard drive. 

Answer:Unable to Read 9 yr old Hard Drive from Windows 98 PC

You might take a browse thru an old thread of mine on this type of subject - in case it gives you some other ideas. .... of all my previous HDDs I have problems with two most recent (a drive letter problem) - and also I have two real old ones going back to my DX4-66 days, which was back in mid 90s - they won't come up at all.  Many others however are accessible thru an external enclosure.Certainly if CD burning is an option then at least that could be one route to rescue important data.

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My friend gave me a Lacie 160 GB HD. He has a Mac and there are only firewire ports on the external hard drive. I bought a firewire card and plugged everything in.

Initially it doesn't show up and is missing the drivers so i download enum1394.sys. And then it stops giving me that message "new hardware is found."

However, the Hard Drive doesn't show up in My Computer.

Left side: My Computer
Right Side: Disk Management - I can see the Hard Drive it's called "Disk 1" and says "unallocated"

The second pic just shows just shows properties and such (maybe helpful?):

I was informed I should Partition/Format it. But there are 140 GB of files on here that I must have. I can not delete them. I just need to view the files.

Could it be I downloaded the wrong enum1394 file? Is it because it's a Mac? What can I do?

Answer:Unable to read External Hard Drive Please Help

The Mac HDD format is different to the PC.
Helpful info is here:

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I have an old Quantum Fireball SE 3.5 Series HD (capacity unknown). The owner tells me it runs on her old computer. I've hooked it up to my Dell Inspiron 1150 using a USB 2.0 to IDE cable and transformer. The power cable is connected. You can hear the disk turn. But my system doesn't read any other drive being present.
I tested this using a Seagate ST320014A. Again you can hear the disk turn. It 'registers' on the system but you can't read the disk.
I would appreciate any suggestions.

I have:
Platform: Windows XP Service Pack 2
Machine Type: Intel
System Version: 5.01.2600
Processor: Pentium 4 (Speed 2398 MHz)
Physical RAM Installed: 254 MB
MSHTML Version: 6.00
WININET Version: 6.00

Answer:Solved: Unable to read external hard drive

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recently my computer would no longer power up due to my motherboard failing. I am able to read the hard drive on another computer however I am not able to read the all the files on my hard drive.
For example E:document & settings\Joe is not acessible acess denied. However if i was to look at other user, i have access. Is there any way i can gain acess to that user, i want to acquire files on my desktop. If you can help me i would greatly appreciate it. Operating system for the hard drive was XP.

Answer:mother board failed unable to read all on hard drive. please help

Welcome to TSG, Joey---

The authoritative article on 'Taking Ownership of a Folder in Windows XP' is located here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base. There are some differences between home and pro that are laid out in that article--follow the instructions and you should be able to reclaim your files. I don't think you'll find them difficult to follow.

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I have the exact problem with drive A. When trying to backup to it, a frequent blue screen write error appears. In searching the web, others have experienced this problem. I have not found a clear solution to the problem short of reloading all of windows. Can someone help?


Answer:[SOLVED] Floppy Drive Error: Unable to write to disk in drive A

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I receive the following error whenever writing multiple or large files to my floppy disk:
Disk Write Error
Unable to write to disk in drive A:
Data or files may be lost

It occurs about every 5 seconds when writing files. Some files, typically small ones, are written with no problems.
I've replaced the floppy drive with a new one and the problem remains.
I swapped in a known working floppy and cable from another working PC and experienced the same problem.

Please suggest a solution.

Answer:[SOLVED] Floppy Drive Error: Unable to write to disk in drive A

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Hey Everyone,

I currently have a Seagate Harddrive. I actually got this one just a year ago to replace another HD that went bad. I'm afraid the same thing is happening to this one, and I don't know what I can do to save it. I just can't believe these things can go bad so fast...although I have had Malware problems and a boot sector virus recentley. I'm not sure if that anything to do with it, but I'm sure constant freezing and forced reboots don't help.

Anyways, Here is a list of recent errors.

1. Windows would freeze on the Windows loading screen or go to black after the Windows loading screen went away.

2. 0x000000ED (Unmountable Boot Volume) I think this was Hard-drive related. I fixed both of these problems by running CHKDSK /R from the Windows Recovery console.

3. 0x0000000A IRQL_Not_Equal_or_Less BSOD

I think I just rebooted to fix the above error, but eventually Windows would just lock up at random while I was browsing the Web (Yahoo Email or Ebay,usually) and sometimes even while just sitting there. I also ran a "CHeck for Errors" thing from Windows, which asked me to restart the PC and then ran the Windows XP bootup CHKDSK. It took several hours, but it seemed to fix quite a few errors.

4. Lastly, I got c0000218 when trying to boot up. I tried to run ChkDsk, but it said the Drive wasn't recognized.

5. Finally the last straw...everytime I boot up, I get the classic "A disk read error has o... Read more

Answer:Major Hard-drive related errors, unable to boot up

I would try and do a repair install.

IF that doesn't work it could be the drive is failing or the file system is severely damaged.

Do you get any SMART errors when you start?

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I can't seem to change the attributes on my hard drive, and everything seems to be marked Read Only.  I've tried changing the attributes, and it goes through the process, but then when I check the attributes again, they've reverted back to Read Only. 
I am the only user of this PC, and it has me as an administrator, but there are still functions that I should be able to do, and folders that I should have access to, but it says Access denied.  How do I fix this??  I can't even install updates to
my Itunes!

Answer:Hard Drive Attributes Stuck in Read Only, Unable to Install iTunes Updates, Windows 8.1

Which folder you want to access and experience this issue, Windows system file or personal file? Does this problematic computer joined domain? You can press "Windows+X" to open System to check.
If it's an system file, it not recommend to change the file setting for it. If it's an personal file, please try take owner of this file then uncheck "Read-only" for testing. For your reference: remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact [email protected]
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I had a regular install of Windows 7 on a WD 1 TB drive with the usual C:\ as the boot drive.

I just got a new SSD, so I set up a parallel or dual boot of Windows 7 on the SSD which is set up as the B: drive.

So when I boot into the Windows on the SSD (B:\) and run the WEI, it fails because it can't write a file to the drive.

Any suggestions? - I don't want to start changing the drive numbers as that will mess up my file associations. I tried editing the xml files under the Performance directory, but still can't get it to work.

Answer:WEI fails (cannot write file to hard drive) Boot drive set to B:\

Generally B: is not assigned to a hard drive, but can be used for a volume. I don't know if this is the reason you are having problems. I'd think modern BIOS might not have an issue with this, but older BIOS always assumed A: and B: were floppy drives. A Guy

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Hello -

My DVD/CD-RW drive is suddenly having a hard time both reading and writing. I was able to rip a DVD, but it was hard going and when I went to burn, the device buffer scrambled between off and on so much I turned it off. I checked the properties and it said the available space on this drive was completely full. There was no disc in the drive when I checked it so shouldn't it be empty? Don't know, just asking. I checked further into the all the information and did a small test that said the device was working properly, but it clearly isn't.

I'm using a Teac DVD+RW DV-W58E. I tried Microsoft's troubleshooting service but got lost in all the lingo. I'd really appreciate any help.



Answer:DVD/CD-RW Drive acting weird

What software are you using to burn with......and how old is the DVD drive?

Go to Device Manager by pressing
Windows logo key + Pause Break key
and in the new window Hardware tab and Device Manager button.

In the list open the small + sign beside IDE controllers double click on the Secondary IDE
and then in the new window click on the Advanced Settings
and check that the Transfer Mode is DMA if available and Not PIO and that the current mode is DMA.

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recently my DVD drive's been acting strange, every time I put a disc in to burn something I get a buffer under run error's or blank check errors. For a while if I kept putting the disc back in, eventually it would burn but now it just won't. The buffer under run error say's to try a lower speed but I'm burning things at 4 speed and can't go any lower. Does anyone know how to fix this or is my DVD drive broke. Any help would be great.

Answer:dvd drive acting weird

What DVD drive do you have?

Have you tried using different media and different brands?

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Hi all I am having a DVD drive drive problem,

I have a Dell 9150 computer, and i recently bought the game BattleField 2142. Game plays fine and all of that, runs like a dream. But, i noticed, pretty much after logging in about an hour and a half straight of this game...the button to eject my disc drive wont do a thing unless i restart my computer after playing! I have to go into windows explorer, D drive then hit eject from there. Once its open, i can hit the button and it will close fine. Anyone know why this happens or how to fix it? i think the drive is a TSST Corp TS-H352C, but i could be wrong, im going by the properties menu for the D drive and thats the one with the DVD/RW name in it. The other drive open and closes fine, by the way.

Answer:DVD-ROM Drive acting weird.. NEED help


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I saved a word 2003 document on a flash drive at work. When I save it it shows a slight faded icon and says .WRP. When I open the usb drive on my home pc with word 2013, the .WRP file does not appear. Is the file lost or will it only open on my work pc with Word 2003?

Answer:USB drive acting weird

It might be a hidden file. Go into folder options in control panel and enable showing hidden files.

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Ok, I have a Pioneer Dvd-Rw DVR-112D and it's acting so strange. I built a new computer and I have everything plugged in and installed correctly. I even used the CD drive to install windows xp pro. But when I try to put in CDs for games or blank cds/dvds it will not read it. It's a DVD-RW burner and everything. All the drivers are updated, i just have ran out of ideas. Any help?

Answer:CD/DVD Drive Acting Weird.

Place one of the game Cd's/DVDs into the drive > Right click drive/ left click explore, does it now let you see the contents of the CD/DVD? Have you also set the option which allows a DVD/CD to auto start?

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Hi guys,

I'm new on any sort of forums so go easy if it's a stupid question..but here goes.

Me and my brother built me a new computer from scratch (he did the building - i did the watching).

To cut a long story short - I purchased an internal hard drive from Overclockers UK. It's a Samsung 1TB drive. I also have a 64 Solid-state drive in there as my primary hard drive that Windows was installed on and a couple of programs are installed on. My storage disk (the 1TB disk) is for all my music/films etc. Whenever I drag and drop a file into the Samsung hard-drive - it copies it rather than moves it instantly.

When I had a laptop, I had 3 external hard drives and this is the way it copied files onto them.

Does anyone know how I can get the internal drive to stop acting like an external drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive

This is the way it works. I have an 80GB SSD and an internal HDD and the same happens if the file/folder is large enough. If you just copy a few MBs, you will not see the window with the green stripe running. But if e.g. you copy 500MBs, you will see it. It physically moves the data. That is different if you copy on the same volume from one folder to another. Then it only makes an entry in the MFT.

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Hello again and thank you in advance,

XP Pro sp2
HP a1100y
Pentium 4 - 3.4Ghz
2048Mb Ram
C:\ 320Gb Sata - D:\500Gb Sata

I just installed a Sony DRU-810a DVD burner via the Master IDE channel (I have an HP DVD drive as a slave that works fine) and cannot seem to get it to recognize any disks whatsoever - even though it appears to be "working properly" in the Device Manager.

What is strange is if I open Ashampoo Burning Studio 7 and insert a blank DVD/CD it displays the correct type/size of said disk, but will not burn to it. Neither will it recognize any type of disk (DVD/software/music CD/Data CD) when simply inserted.

I've tried:
Updating the firmware - updating the drivers (although there really are none) - uninstalling the device(s) - changing the recording options (in properties) - changing the jumper settings - sfc scannow - changing the IDE ribbon - different brands of DVDs/CDs (all of them work on the HP, btw) - deleting the upper/lower filters - and connecting one optical drive at a time.

If I insert a disk, then try to open an Explorer folder, it just tells me to insert a disk.

I just pulled this Sony drive from another machine yesterday where it was performing flawlessly. That it can properly identify a blank DVD+R via BS7 (or Power ISO for that matter) has me thinking that there might be a fix that I'm overlooking.

Have I missed something?

Thanks again!

Answer:DVD drive just will not read/write

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Hi friends

Im using compaq presario laptop with windows 7 home premium. Last 2 days im encountering these problems. I tried to write video files into dvd using nero.The first dvd is proper and burned in 20 to mins approx. Then i tried second one and it takes nearly one and half hour to finish and it says dvd burned. When i checked up its an empty dvd like a fresh one.

help will be appreciated.

Answer:CD/DVD Drive can read but not write

Hi, Welcome to forums.

Check out for any available updates for DVD drivers. Install them. If that resolves the issue, fine. Else, you can get a new drive. It might be corrupted.

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Question: Read/write drive

My Smart and Friendly read/write drive is suddenly acting like a read only drive. The firm ware has been updated and it reads fine but when I write the disk remains blank even though it says it was written.

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I have a Sony VGN-FW351J laptop (64 bit with Vista Premium) with a Blu Ray Read Only drive. I want to install a read/write Blu Ray Drive. Anybody have any suggestions on what to buy? Where to buy? Thank you.

Answer:Blu Ray Read/Write Drive

Search the net. see what looks goodFor Reviews:

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Apparently, all signs point to my arranging funeral proceedings for my beloved Cd rom/dvd rom drive.

(I've already kinda posted this problem in another thread...if that annoys anyone, let me know, and I won't do it again)

The darn thing just doesn't read ANYTHING.

I put in a disc (blank cd, dvd movie, whatever, it doesn't matter) and the green light that is supposed to FLASH to indicate the process of reading the disc does not in fact flash--instead the green light goes on and does go off, for a very very very long time. Long enough for me to go outside and smoke a cigarette, at least.

--the device, according to device manager, is "working properly." Hah!
--I have not recently added/removed any new programs/software/hardware/etc.
---I have Sonic burning program stuff, which I have heard on other posts and such could have something to do with the problem.
---I have a Dell Inspiron 5160 notebook with windows xp pro.

Answer:R.I.P. Cd/Dvd read/write drive

CalvinMorall said:

(I've already kinda posted this problem in another thread...if that annoys anyone, let me know, and I won't do it again)
Click to expand...

Yes, double posting makes it confusing for the people trying to help you.

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Samsung Writemaster SH-222 (Seven months old). Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
The tray opens and closes, but that's all. If I put any kind of disc in it nothing happens. I go to Computer and open the drive, and I get a message saying, "Insert disc/Insert a disc/Please insert a disc into drive D", as the disc ejects. Device Properties reports the it as working properly, but it seems to be dead. It first did this a couple of days ago while it was on burning some files to a blank DVD-R, and hasn't worked since.
I've tried uninstalling the driver forit, rebooting, then reinstalling. No go.
I've tried various fixes that have come up on Google, but no go.
I've tried restore points. No good.
No loose connections. No sign of physical damage.
Can I safely assume that the writer is kaput, and I need a new one?
The DVD ROM drive was the only component to fail in my previous PC,, but tit lasted for five years before failing. I've also had a standalone DVD player conk out before, and that hadn't seen much use.

Answer:DVD drive will neither read nor write

Which fixes have you tried? Resetting upper and lower filters perhaps?
Whilst this is under warranty I would suggest that you consider returning it under that.

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HI Guys,
have new(ish) Toshiba, prob is it'll burn avi's on dvds ok, but won't play back those avi's. Will play dvd's ok, just not any avi's or data I've saved.

Win 7, using toshiba Disk Creator, other drive details:

*** HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT30N ATA Device ***
Type: DVD
Firmware Revision: TN08
Device Type: DVD Writer
Media Loaded: No LUN: 0 Target: 0

*** GBQTIH SD2RCXMZ SCSI CdRom Device ***

Model: GBQTIH SD2RCXMZ SCSI CdRom Device Firmware Revision: 3.5Z ... Read more

Answer:Dvd drive will write but not read avi's

[You're burning the avis out as a data disk?
You're reading them in the same laptop?
You can directory the disk?
What happens when you double click on the file on the PC? on the disk?

Check the firmware version via NeroTool and see if there is a newer firmware on Toshiba's site.

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Check the size of the disk C here:
Link to picture
it's 59.5 GB
If I open disk C, select all files, check the properties... and what I see there:
Link to picture
Can anybody explain what is going on?
Moderator note; picture(s) totalling >50K converted to link(s) Forum Rules


Go to Solution.

Answer:y570 drive c acting weird...

The files that you counted does not include the hidden files used by the OS, etc.

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I have a Dell Inspiron with Vista Basic and I am having trouble installing World of Warcraft. I have had this problem before but when my warranty was still good I just called them up and they solved it but I just recently reformatted and reinstalled my OS. Basically when I put in the first cd of WoW it wont autoplay or anything. The drive just runs for a few mins and stops. But the funny thing is I put in the second cd of five and the second one will autoplay. And I tryed the whole right clicking on the drive and clicking on the autoplay tab but I have no autoplay tab in properties menu. So can anyone help me out please?

Answer:Disc drive acting weird?

Just a quick thought, have you tried copying disc 1 onto the HDD and then running setup from there?

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Hello, So I've had an Imation 8GB USB drive probably around 5-6 months, so fairly new. But one day my USB drive just doesn't want to receive SOME files, especially big files (I'm talking about 2GB+). The files I tried to copy were movie files and game files, it just suddenly stopped copying them. I tried formatting my USB in different ways. I also tried using the cmd trick, It said that it is not actually write-protected, it's just every time I try to copy certain files it just turns into a useless USB drive. I can still copy word documents, presentations, etc. It's like locked whenever I try to copy things besides word documents and excel and those basic things. Oh! and I also forgot to mention, there is no write-protection switch anywhere on the USB drive.
Any help?

Answer:Weird Write Protected USB Drive

If you can copy any files, you can rule out anything to do with the hardware - the only thing might be that some of the files may have a copyright protection which would stop you taking copies. Also 2 Gb is pretty large to copy onto an 8Gb media. But I'm also wondering if your media is not able to store all 8 Gb. I suggest you test it with h2testw
click here

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Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
2.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
WDC WD1200BB-00FTA0 [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMAET2099978, rev 15.05R15, SMART Status: Healthy

Hard drive #1:
Just a few weeks ago my hard drive started clicking and suddenly my system froze. The drive wasn't dropped, bumped, or anything like that. It was fairly new as well. I was having some issues accessing my files AND I couldn't access the internet through any browsers. I was connected, could play internet-using games, but got no reply from websites. I decided to reformat. Well, that didn't go so well. Reformatting did not fix the freezing issue nor did it fix the internet issue. I attempted to reformat the partition on C but it simply wouldn't let me.

Hard drive #2:
I pulled out a newish hard drive and formatted it, installed my applications and continued on my way. Everything was working great, until a day later when the hard drive AGAIN froze in the middle of a session and this time I couldn't even boot. I was getting a boot error that mentioned not receiving a boot file name. I went into the windows repair console and did a chkdsk which turned up a few errors (and attempted to recover them I assume). I could now boot, but random freezing would still take place now and then and EVERY DAY I have to access the repair console due to boot errors. Almost every other attempt to boot resul... Read more

Answer:Multiple hard drive boot errors, hard drive clicking, and freezing

Try installing another operating system onto the disk and seeing if that crashes as well. If it doesn't you probably have a bad Windows cd. I suggest trying Kubuntu, a version of Linux meant to look somewhat like Windows (You can click here to skip directly to the download page). Just remember to actually install the thing. Most Linux operating systems can be ran directly from the cd without any need to be installed onto a hard disk. There's usually a program on the desktop that will install the system for you. If it runs properly for a week or two, get a new Windows disk. If it crashes just as much as Windows did, get a new computer.

Also, how much RAM does your computer have? If it's very low (256-512 megs or less) it can sometimes cause these kinds of crashes too.

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Hello all,

As the title says, it can't read or write DVDs. It also says its a cdrom in many places but it isn't.


Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P7350 @ 2.00GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3068 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT , 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 147500 MB, Free - 71442 MB; D: Total - 142847 MB, Free - 142753 MB;
Motherboard: Acer, Aspire 8930, PSMBOU-1234567, Base Board Serial Number
Antivirus: None

Answer:DVD Drive cannot read or write DVDs

How old is the DVD drive and do Cds play and work OK?

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I have an Artech WRA-WA48 CD-RW drive already installed in my computer (Windows 98 SE). The computer reads the drive fine - currently assigned to "E:" - it detects and properly runs inserted CD's. The computer even allows me to view all contents in My Computer.

The problem is that my computer wont sense the WA48's Read/Write capability. When I try to drag files onto a blank disk, the error message is "Access is Denied: Make sure that the disk is not full or write-protected..."

When I attempt to use/re-install Cd-Rom burning software, it wont detect the drive. Ex: "Creator API returns failure - copier could not detect any supported CD-Recorders. It is either marked as read-only or your system administrator..."
With another burning software: "No Compatible CD Recordable or CD Re-Writable devices could be found on your system."

The device seems to work properly but somehow any read/write capablities have been denied, protected, etc. Any ideas how to fix this???

Note: I downloaded the newest Firmware upgrade from the Artech website and also tried to confirm that settings were correct. I also used Control Panel to search for new hardware/plug-n-play devices. None were found.
It also tells me that "a driver is already installed or no driver is required..."


Answer:CD-RW drive - Read/Write not functioning

Welcome to the Forum.

How new is this unit? Still under warranty?

I suspect a physical problem with it. Exchange it if possible.

I found this comment on a review sitr:

Artec's products have always been slightly cheaper than most of their competitors. They continue that trend with this 32x drive, which is around the same price as other manufacturers' 24x offerings. So is the new Artec a budget wonder, or just plain cheap? Stay tuned to see...

Makes me wonder if it is a POS????

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Hi ive got an MSI DR8-A2 8*DVD writer and i have had it for about 3 mnths
recently the dvd drive has stopped reading and writing dvds but will still read cds
i have updated the drive firmware and tested it in two computers and it shows the same symptoms in both any ideas what could be causing this?

both computers were running windows xp home SP1.


Answer:dvd-rw drive wont write/read dvd!!

If the drive fails to read DVD's in two computers then its toast - drives fail all the time. If its only 3 months old you should be able to return it under warranty.

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hi guys

I have a Dell Inspiron 9300, and it came with a NEC ND-6650A DVD/CD R/RW Drive. A few months ago it stopped working properly. By this i mean if i put a dvd film it, it would detect it, but not autoplay, and if you click on it it just shows the 2 folders, audio_ts and video_ts. To open it i have to go to say WMP and open it, but it appears smaller and of lower quality. When i put in a blank cd, it doesnt detect it, same goes for blank dvds. It won't let me erase CDRWs either. So i tried looking for solutions and ended up at buying a replacement drive, it was for an Inspiron 9300 but this time it was a Sony DW-D56A. This didn't fix the problem. After further trawling through the internet i heard it may be an upper/lower filter problem. I followed the guides, deleted the filters and still no joy.

Any advice would be fantastic



Answer:DVD Drive won't read/write properly

As I was reading your post, I got to the part where you said you bought a new drive and I immediately thought "I bet it didn't fix the problem; this sounds like a software problem", and sure enough..... however, you didn't mention which version of Windows you're using, so I'll assume Windows XP. Download and run the Microsoft Autoplay Repair Wizard from this link. It's for WinXP only, so if you have Vista, it won't work, and you should then take a look at this link. Good luck, and let us know what happens!

EDIT- one other thing to try with Windows XP (not with Vista) is Dial-A-Fix. Run it and select all the boxes on the right side of the main window and click "GO!". If any errors occur, make a note of them and post them here. Dial-A-Fix may appear to lock up on certain files (like initpki.dll for example) but it hasn't. Even if it looks locked up, leave it alone and it will eventually finish.

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hi, i have a HP pavilion laptop with a Toshiba ODD-DVD SD-R6252 dvd+rw/cdrw burner in it. I've always had media compatabilty issues with this drive, but now it seems none of my videos i've burned onto dvd+rws can be read with this thing! I did the firmware update and bios, tried all kinds of media, i just don't get it. It still burns dvd+r's ok and cds. I bought brand new verbatim dvdrw and burned a few movies, but now they won't play back, i can't even get the drive to read them to reformat them (HP support told me to buy verbatim!)...but they play flawlessly in my compaq and home dvd player!??? any help???

Answer:dvd+RW drive won't read or write anymore!

i think the eye on the drive may have weakened

a dvd rw reflects less light then a dvd r cd

this happened to the cd burner that came with my compaq 7470

and if it can happen to a cd burner, them theres a chance that it can happen to a dvd burner

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DVD RAM GT80N can read and write but failed to burn. Thanks.

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At the Minute am Running Win 7 Home Premium, on a Lenovo G550 Notebook/Laptop.. Not so Long ago I heard a Noise comeing from the Laptop for a Cupple of Seconds and since this Drive is haveing Problems Read and Writeing Quickly, as not to Standard and Quickly as it should.. It still Reads and writes but its not as Quick..

I use ConvertX, and ImgBurn .. If and one could Recomend any Softwere that Mite help Realign the Lense if thats the Problem! If not Could any one Help..

Thanks ..

Answer:DVD RW Drive Write and Read Problems..

I'm afraid you'll need a new DVD burner. No software can fix a burner.

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Hi. My DVD RW drive is not working. I can still see the icon in my Folder view, but it does not register any DVDs put in it or write to any DVD. Although now I think that is because it was not reading the blank DVD I was using. Is there any way to restore
the drive?

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Ran the Win 7 Home Premium CD diagnostic and it passed but the DVD diag says "Please insert disk" even though one is inserted.
DVD Drive won't read DVD movies, DVD+R, DVD+RW,DVD-R, DVD-RW. Need to make a system recovery disk so your help is appreciated.Here is my optical drive info from Speccy.
    Media Type    DVD Writer
    Name    TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L633F
    Availability    Running/Full Power
    Capabilities    Random Access, Supports Writing, Supports Removable Media
    Write capabilities    CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL
    Config Manager Error Code    Device is working properly
    Config Manager User Config    FALSE
    Drive    D:
    Media Loaded    FALSE
    SCSI Bus    0
    SCSI Logical Unit    0
    SCSI Port    0
    SCSI Target Id    1
    Status    OK

Answer:Win 7 DVD Drive Won't Read/Write DVD Disks.

Same computer ??...
Noviciate would probably appreciate no changes being made to the PC in question.
if this is a different PC, then....
Have you tried THIS

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I put a cd in my read/write drive on my Gateway desktop to download some pictures.  Now I can't get the drawer to open when I push the eject button so I can't get the cd out.  Any ideas..Thanks  Rick

Answer:Read Write Drive won't open

beechman .....Ok ...... try this .... go to My Computer ........ put your cursor on the cd drive that won't open , right click and click on eject .If that won't open it , get a paper clip , open it up ( look for a small hole ) insert the end of the paper clip in the hole ( it should slid in maybe 1/2" )and then you should feel it stop.... put a bit more pressure and the manual release should move back and you will be able to open the drawer that way.dl65 

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Hi MajorGeeks,

My dvd drive has suddenly stopped working, when I try to play a disk I get "the request could not be performed because of an I/O error".

I'm using: Vaio Laptop, vista home premium 32-bit, MATSHITA DVD-RAM.

I have already uninstalled any burning apps, I've tried microsoft FIXIT, deleted upper & lower filters, reinstalling drivers and hardware. The only thing I can think of that I haven't tried is a good old-fashioned wipe of the lens! But I'm saving that as a last resort

Any help would be much appreciated. :major

Answer:dvd drive wont read or write

Have you tried unseating the DVD drive?

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Hi, I've searched the forums for dvd drive issues, but the majority of them are about not being able to see them.

My problem is that I can see the drive, but I cannot read any discs or burn. The drive is visible in the Bios, and Device Manager. The drive is a Lite-On LH20A1L ATA. The firmware is updated to the latest, which only addressed media compatibility. In device manager I've already tried updating the driver, but Windows says it already at the latest.

I have the latest Daemon-tools installed (SPTD 1.62 I think), and the latest ImgBurn.

When I try to read a disc, I see the HDD light click fully, and the Green status bar in the location bar takes forever to finish or loops.

When insert blank media into the drive when I'm about to burn in ImgBurn, the HDD light does the same thing, and ImgBurn will not even detect the media.

Also if it matters, this is the same drive used to install my Windows 7 64bit upgrade. I did a clean install though. But the installation took a long time (few hours).

Answer:DVD Drive - detected, but can't read or write

Can you boot from the DVD drive with say, the W7 install disc or some other bootable media?

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hi, i have a HP pavilion laptop with a Toshiba ODD-DVD SD-R6252 dvd+rw/cdrw burner in it. I've always had media compatabilty issues with this drive, but now it seems none of my videos i've burned onto dvd+rws can be read with this thing! I did the firmware update and bios, tried all kinds of media, i just don't get it. It still burns dvd+r's ok and cds. I bought brand new verbatim dvdrw and burned a few movies, but now they won't play back, i can't even get the drive to read them to reformat them (HP support told me to buy verbatim!)...but they play flawlessly in my compaq and home dvd player!??? any help???

Answer:dvd+RW drive won't read or write anymore!

What are you using to attempt to watch 'Media Player' ?have a try with this mediaplayer ,

also what exactly does happen when you try to read the disk and is it in the same DVD/RW Rom that you burnt the disk.

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This is a newer build with a Liteon Bluray burner. I don't know when this happened but when I clicked on "computer" the bluray drive name had changed from "BD-RE Drive (D)" to "BD-RE Drive (R) Audio CD" (The drive name change of D to R is my doing, I tried un/reinstalling the drive many times and changed the path name as well.) When I open the drive this is what it shows..(see attachment) What are these files and why can I not get rid of them. I have tried everything; burning them out, deleting, forcibly deleting, un/reinstalling drive, etc. They just keep coming back! And when I try to located these files on the system it tells me they are located at (R), which is the drive itself. It doesn't necessarily make the drive fail, but when I insert a disc, be it CD or bluray, autoplay will not start. I have to open and close the drive a couple times and click on "open" in the drives commands before the enclosed CD will be read. Any ideas? This is a new one for me.

Answer:Bluray drive acting like a hard drive?

Hello Liquid69 Welcome to the Seven Forums!

I run into that enough here and generally it's more of a simple annoyance then any real problem. The auto play is set in the Control Panel>Action Center where you select what Windows does for each item whether it will auto run any video or audio upon inserting it a drive, open file location, or ask what you want to do with a prompt.

As for the desktop.ini file that will appear automatically even when creating a new desktop shortcut and will always be seen once a disk has been read. The cda files were present on a disk you had placed in the drive and won't be seen once you go through the Action Center settings there.

Sometimes going back and forth between setting the audio cd or dvd setting to ask what to do to automatically play will clean that up.

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Help! No POST: Random boots, DVD drive acting weird

Hi everyone! I'm having some serious issues on my sister's computer. Yesterday the computer was running fine, albeit the CPU was running rather hot (according to SpeedFan) and we decided to clean up today in order to make it run with more acceptable temperatures.

But after cleaning the CPU fan and plugging the computer again, starting up would have either one of these two effects.

1) Computer boots fine, but soon (10-30sec after boot) shuts down. This happened not so often, and not at all now.

2) Computer starts up, all fans spin, but no beeps are heard (computer probably doesn't boot correctly). DVD drive beeps every once in a while, as if it was trying to read a faulty disc (no disc inserted though).

Before the computer died completely (as it is now) the BIOS showed temperatures of: CPU around 40 degrees Celsius and System (I take it is something like the case's temperature) was around 30 degrees.

I will post the computer specs later today when I retrieve the warranty papers from my sister's house.

We have tried just about anything that could come into mind (and we had resources for):

-Replacing the PSU (taking the one from my own computer)
-Replacing the RAM (same as above)
-Disconnecting all "unnecessary" stuff (optical and hard drives, network card, sound card, heck, I even took out the graphics card to check if it would help)

The computer won't go int... Read more

Answer:Random boots, DVD drive acting weird

Although I don't personally like bumping threads like this, I'd really like the help seeing as I only have until tomorrow evening before I must take the computer back to the store (My sister has need for that computer within one and a half weeks, I take it that fixing the computer might take around one week...)

I will edit this post later and maybe post the specs here or something. (Or does this forum allow deleting posts after further replies are added?)

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I have a Freecom SL network drive, bought 2006,connected through my router to my pc-XP,and new Vista laptop.Whereas with my old laptop,also XP,I had read and write on the drive,now I get read-only on the laptop,and both on the PC.I used to back up straight to the drive from the old laptop;now I can't,which is a nuisance.I have to save the backup on a USB key to transfer it, which rather defeats the object.I have tried to download new drivers on the PC, but can't install them.(I did install the Vista compatability file on the laptop.)

Answer:Read and write network drive problem

Try to set the 'file permissions.' Right-clicking the hard drive letter brings up the option, where you can select 'Properties.' You should find the 'Security' tab there, then modify the permissions on each user. You should log-on using the administrator account to modify this settings.

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Ok I have 2 drives (connected one at a time to try and sort this issue)
SONY AD-7260S and a LITE-ON

Now from upgarding to XP to 7
I had no issues until now...
When inserting Disc (Blank or Data Files) the DVD Drive will hang and not ask what to do with the Disk and when I try to Burn the disc it will say cannot write to drive or just sit there doing nothing

Both these drives worked flawlessly with XP and only way to get the drive to recognise half the time with Win7 is to restart PC to either get it to show in Device Manager or press eject when booting to get the disk inside out.

Both drives are Sata and are only a few months old (not burned much and work exceeelnet on another xp machine)

Answer:Dvd Drive Fails To Read or Write Under Windows 7

Try going into Bios and make sure they are enabled, if you make any changes just do save and exit.

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Hi all i have an annoying problem with one of me drives,when i insert a cd into the drive the light on the front flashes when the drive door closes but from there on in i can get nothing from it, it will not read any disc allso willnot write to a disc. I have been into device manager and uninstalled the drive so the next time i booted windows found new hardware and told me the drive is now ready for use but the same problem was there. The drive is a Lite-On LTR-40125S CDRW Drive i have been to the Lieon website and downloaded a flash for the drive allso to no avail,I would be gratefull for any help on this.XP Home SP2

Answer:Lite-on CDRW drive will not read or write.

You could try the autoplay repair wizardclick hereand the reset DMAclick here

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I have a Toshiba laptop running Windows XP Professional. My flash drive is a standard 2GB generic one. When I plug it into any of the USB ports on my computer, it becomes a 'Generic USB Flash Disk USB Device' (shown in My Computer as Removable Disk). I can't open it, nor can I write files to it, nor can I even format it. This problem has occurred on several other computers in my house.Now I am a bit confused. I tried searching the web, but I couldn't get any information. None of the methods I tried, including changing the drive letter, removing the other drives (where there were any), and reinstalling the driver countless times, but it still persists. Could anyone give me some idea on how to install the flash drive properly? This has never occurred with the other flash drives I have.

Answer:can't read, write, or format USB flash drive

If it doesn't work on any computer then do you think the cheap thing could be defective and it time to throw away and buy a new one for like $4?1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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A while ago my DVD writter stopped working. I have Windows 7 with latest toshiba drivers.

The DVD is reading fine the cd/dvd's inserted, the device is OK in Device Manager, but when writting a DVD it fails somewhere above 50% with "Unknown error".

I tried Nero and standard windows app.

What do you recommend?

Answer:Re: Satellite A200 - DVD drive can read but cannot write


Did you test different DVDs from different manufacturers?
I had a similar issue in the past? and since that I use TDK ?R DVDs and CDs and these disks work properly.

I recommend also cleaning the DVD drive laser lens using alkohole and cotton-wool tip.

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My DVD burner isn't up to par. I have a Toshiba Satellite M45 notebook and I looked up the statistics; The drive is supposed to have 8x read/write capabilities but my software merely writes and burns at 2.x times.... why?

Answer:DVD Drive Read/Write Speed Problem

When a disc is inserted, the burner does a trial burn to a special test area to determine the useable speed of that disk in that drive.

Different brands of media suit different burners.

Only a few burn at the recommended maximum speed of the drive, in my experience (but that can depend on the drive to a large extent).

Change the media brand and the results may change.

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Hey, guys & gals I’m looking for input on which external Blu-ray read / write drive to buy. I don’t burn or watch movies on my computer - this will be strictly for computer backup purposes. (I am an amateur webmaster and I backup several websites. Some downloads are as much as 10GB.) And, yes, I already have an external 1TB HD that I use for regular backup, but there are many large files I want to backup semi-permanently and permanently, as well as about 24,000 family pictures.

Naturally I have already done some extensive research on reviews, but as you probably know, many of them are a bit confusing, and of course there are those differences of opinions. And there was talk about some drives that required additional software.

Please include your idea about how it should be powered: USB or external AC? I’m open to both options. And weight is no concern since I will only be using it at home.

And, I'd appreciate any personal experience input, especially in the "don't buy these".

My primary computer is a Dell Inspiron R laptop, Windows 7 Home Premium, 2nd Generation i7 processor, 8GB memory. It has two 2.0 and one 3.0 USB ports.

Answer:Solved: External Blu-ray Read / Write Drive

I've not used any. Having said that, USB3 would be preferred for the bandwidth. Also, I always recommend AC powered units. Aside from that, it's a matter of brand preference and/or price.

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how do i find out my cddvd drive's read write speed?

Answer:how do i identify my cd dvd drive's read and write speed

google Nero Info Tool

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my Disk RW drive wont read or write. i cant do anything with it. when i insert a cd it says "no dvd or cd inserted" or it cant detect it

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I have a Sony DVD burner DRU-710A and a AOPEN Combo drive 5232 AAH/PRO.

I am having a very weird problem using Sony DVD burner. I can write DVDs (burn data - single and multiple session, burn iso image etc) using the Sony DVD burner but when I tried to read it in the AOPEN combo drive, I cannot read the DVD at all.... The DVDs can only be read when I used Sony DVD burner. I brought the DVDs to my laptop's combo drive and the same things happens.

I'm writing with NERO 6 and mostly on the media DVD+R.

Anyone have any idea what is wrong???


Answer:Write with Sony dvd burner, cannot read with other dvd drive

Sounds to me like your Sony DVD burner isn`t compatable with your other drives.

This could be due to a fault on the Sony I guess?

Regards Howard :grinthumb

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Hello, I have an Asus N53S laptop, and im having issues with my DVDROM, its a Slimtype BD E DS4E1S. Just recently when trying to back up some data i got a message while using DVD Author Plus, that the "Seleced CD/DVD drive has been disconnected." I tried using other various programs such as Express Burn, and the built iin burning tools through Windows and would get other error messages. I found a Firmware update through Asus' website and that fixed the problem for one more burn, but now its back to the same old errors. I have no problem reading discs of every kind, but writing just isent working. Through the device manager every says its working fine. Im running Windows 7, 64 bit, service pack 1.

Answer:DVD drive will read, but wont write anymore.

Just to put you right, it's not a DVD-ROM drive, it's a DVD-R R/W drive with Blu-Ray reading capability.
A DVD-ROM drive, by definition, cannot write to anything, it just reads CD-ROM & DVD-ROM discs (ROM = Read Only Memory).

Device Manager is a very useful tool but it's not very clever at knowing when a device is physically broken, as I suspect your drive is. Provided the drive is connected up properly, will turn on, & has it's driver installed, Device Manager will be blissfully ignorant and tell you "This device is working properly" even when the device has an internal fault.

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Would anyone know of any freeware that will do this?Thanks

Answer:Software for testing USB Drive Read/Write speeds?

I don't, but for comparison, I would follow the same kind of test that PC magazines use. For example, one magazine might test a groups of drives by writing the same 600MB of mixed files to all the drives and timing the process. If you do the same, you'll get a good idea of how your drive compares.However, if you want to know exactly what speed the drive is running at during the write process, that might be more difficult. I can't say that there isn't any software that can do that, but I don't know of any.

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Can not get A drive to read or write.    new unit and flat cable. tested in dos, it will format a disk. when I try to write to it I get this message  A:\is not acccessible    The system cannot read from specified device. retry   cancel   Packard Bell/win 98 SE. 4.10.2222/processor intel pentium 133 megahertz/main curcuit board intel corp. BIOS American Megatrends 1.00.07.CPOR  09/07/96. Bios settings are fine. device manager message is device is working properly.This is the only problem with my computer. Have tried all the help pages in computer Help. thanking you in advance. Happydog

Answer:internal floppy drive/will foremat/no read/write

happydog........Is it showing up in your bios ?    Was there a floppy drive in this pc before ? Are you certain that the flat cable is the correct way around ...I dont think those cable connectors are keyed ........Does the led ( light ) come on in it when you boot up the machine ? Have you looked at the boot order to be sure its in the process ?dl65  

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I use a number of flash drives and I intermittently have read/write problems. Sometimes when I copy to one of these drives, the folders are copied, but not the files they contain, or some of the files may be corrupt.
Also after reading data from them (& not writing back) on a few different machines, the data sometimes becomes corrupt.

Is this a general problem with this type of drive, are they not very reliable? Or could it be the types of drive I am using (unbranded). These drives are relatively new, so have not been written to a million times yet, so should work ok.

Answer:Solved: flash Drive read/write problems

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Trouble with Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-R2212 Drive on a Satellite S1410-801.
Please help!
My drive doesn't read many CD's and I can't write any CD's too?

Answer:Satellite 1410-801: Drive doesn't read and write many CD's

If it is in warranty I suggest taking it to your Authorized Service Provider and having them take a look at it. More then likely the DVD/CD is malfunctioning and needs to be replaced. If out of warranty I suggest buying an external DVD/CD read/write and using that. There are many nice ones available on Toshiba's website.

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So here is the story.

I have 5 pcs. In past they had the same user name/login/password. When I shared drive all pcs could access it edit etc etc.

But now I have 5 pcs with different usernames/pws/details. Now I can still access the shared HDD but I can only read, No write, edit,delete etc etc.

I remember that before I made my accounts uniform I had them different as well and in order to get it to work I had to add some guest or other user permissions for full control etc etc. I cant seem to remember it.

Would any1 be so kind and help me out with it?



Answer:Drive share and permissions write/read/edit etc etc

Right-click on C partition [or only on the portions you want to share], Sharing, Advance Sharing, limit number of users, Permissions - check the boxes, apply, apply, ok your way out of there; do this on all five computers. Test via hard-wire internet first; I found wireless to be a little more fickle than my hard-wire.

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I hope I'm in the right forum for starters.

I have a Toshiba Satellite L50t-B-137 laptop running Windows 8.1 64bit, Intel Celeron 2.16GHz processor, 4GB RAM. It is fitted with a DVD-RW drive which, until about a month ago, was able to read and write DVDs and CDs. Now it will play CDs but not DVDs and definitely won't write DVDs (I haven't tried writing a CD recently).

I've tried the advice from Microsoft - no change. I've tried to edit the registry via the CMD function, but it bounced the instruction ( and CD-DVD Icon Repair made no difference.

I suspect something has deleted part of the registry when I uninstalled it and I need to tell the computer, somehow, that it has a DVD drive, not a CD drive as it shows in the properties.

HJT log follows:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.5
Scan saved at 15:17:50, on 06/12/2015
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.02.1008)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v11.0 (11.00.9600.17840)

FIREFOX: 42.0 (x86 en-GB)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Connectivity Solution\Transports\NclMSBTSrvEx.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\TabTip32.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\TOSHIBA\System Setting\TssSrv.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Nokia\Nokia Suite\NokiaSuite.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastUI.exe
C:\Users\Jeremy\AppData\Local\Opera Mail\operamail.exe

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Answer:Optical Drive not listed and won't read or write DVDs

CD and DVD use different parts within the drive. It is very possible that the dvd laser failed and the CD part still works fine. As a very simple test, boot the machine with a bootable dvd [optical drive set as first boot device in bios/uefi] If it will not boot with a bootable dvd, the drive has failed. Note you can use a windows install dvd or a linux live dvd for this test.

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Hi everyone, I am having problems with my notebooks DVD drive, as I stated in the topic title my Philips dvd rw sdvd8820 drive on my Dell Inspiron 1505 is not working, at all. It will not read or write anything. The last thing I was doing was trying to burn a DVD+R DL with ImgBurn and it seemed like it got stuck in the closing track phase so I aborted the burn. Ever since then my drive won't read anything and if I attempt to use ImgBurn to write something it gives me an error that states: Device Not Ready (Logical Unit is in the process of becoming ready).

I've tried a system restore to a couple days ago and no luck. I also have tried many other ideas that I found with a google search, the most recent attempts can be found at the following link:

Any help would be great as I'd love to get this working again and not have to purchase a new DVD burner. If I need to get a new drive are there any brands/models anyone would suggest to work with my current notebook? Should I go with an external USB drive or just get another slim DVD drive and replace it, and if I go with replacing the internal DVD drive are there different sizes between different notebooks (Just want to make sure I get the correct drive that will fit)?

Thanks in advanced for any and all help I will receive.

Edit: Running Windows XP SP3.

Answer:Philips dvd rw sdvd8820 drive efuses to read or write anything

A very worthwhile thing to check is whether the drive can boot from a bootable DVD. If it cannot, this tells you immediately the drive has an internal problem, and saves a lot of chasing your tail trying other stuff in Windows. In this case if cleaning the laser lens doesn't help, the drive has failed.

If it proves necessary to replace, I have been glad I got a USB DVD burner some time ago as I can use it on any computer. Originally I bought it since the laptop I had then used a combo CD burner which only read DVDs. Now I also have a budget netbook sans optical drive, so already having the USB drive immediately gives it DVD capability.

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HP Pavilion p7-1108p Desktop
Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit
AMD Quad Core Processor


Uploaded jpeg file (below) always appears now on boot/restart.
Lost CD/DVD functionality and new player will not show up as a drive in My Computer
Most saves or saves as won't show on desktop even though search says they are there
Poor mouse performance
Poor keyboard performance
Files that do show aftfer save/save as are different files than what was saved!

Running malwarebytes now in Safe Mode


Answer:HP Desktop Acting Weird/Not Saving Files/CD/DVD Not Appearing as Drive

You have the Conduit malware which is a serious infection that apparently snuck in because you didn't watch every step when downloading freeware. This is warned about in Clean Reinstall Windows 7 and one of the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 to check I gave you in your other thread.

Download, install, decline trial version and Run full scans with Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware - Downloads

Uninstall in Control Panel>Programs and Features anything not installed on purpose, any Search service, any toolbars, anything that the user doesn't know if he uses it or not.

In your Browser's Add-On's or Extensions, Remove or Disable anything except Flash, your Reader helper, Shockwave. Access the Search engines from the dropdown arrow in Search box to set Google as default, Remove all others, and disallow any others.

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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!

Answer:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
Thanks for any help.

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Hi there.

Panasonic Matshita UJ272 Blu-Ray Internal Burner Bd-r/RE XL 100 GB Drive for Laptop with SATA Connection and Ultra Slimline 9.5 mm Drive Bay

Anybody tries these yet --I'm particularly interested if they will fit into 9.5inch small form factor used on those small cube boxes such as micro servers / NAS boxes etc etc).

DVD isn't yet totally dead and this seem a neater solution than kludging around with external drives. OK it's not cheap compared with standard larger models but it WRITES and is small form factor.

Any drawbacks with this device. It's also TRAY loading - always IMO better than Slot loading. I can change the Bezel too if need be.


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Hello forum,

I am facing issue with burning disk since past few months. I am adding few logs files and brief history of my misery.

I have HP Pavilion 15 Notebook with Windows 8.1 64-bit.

The optical drive can read but cannot write.

Things i have tried so far.

1. HP PC Hardware Diagnostics, read tests we good but write test gave error.

Contacted HP they looked up the error code and it came as bad checksum error. No solution yet.

Log below:

2015-12-16 21:58:47 ===========================================================
2015-12-16 21:58:47 Starting OpticalDiags.udm version 1.05 built Mar 13 2014 15:09:05
2015-12-16 21:58:47 OpticalDiags.UDM init complete
2015-12-16 21:58:49 TscPerSecond = 0663673EEh
2015-12-16 21:58:49 Found New Version ATA Commands Protocol supporting Packet Commands!
2015-12-16 21:58:49 Found 1 Hard Disk Drive.
2015-12-16 21:58:49 AtaCommandsBindBlockIoProtocol(): Linked Block I/O Protocol (0x82255B0F) to Drive 0
2015-12-16 21:58:49 Found 1 Optical Disk Drive.
2015-12-16 21:58:49 AtaCommandsBindBlockIoProtocol(): Linked Block I/O Protocol (0x82058F0F) to Drive 1
2015-12-16 21:58:49 2 Total ATA Drives Found
2015-12-16 21:58:49 No handle found supporting EFI_EXT_SCSI_PASS_THRU_PROTOCOL (143B7632-B81B-4CB7-ABD3-B625A5B9BFFE).
2015-12-16 21:58:49 1 Total Hard Disc Drives Found
2015-12-16 21:58:49 1 Total Optical Disc Drives Found
2015-12-16 21:58:49 SubTest: 2
2015-12-16 21:58:49 DeviceID: 0
2015-12-16 21:58:49 MediaType: 010562068048... Read more

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Has anyone the driver software for this ARCHOS unit, please? The ARCHOS site has up to date drivers for free download but, unfortunately, my 2001 unit does not feature in these. Probably too old! Another site,, features the software but the link is broken! Having just bought the drive (cheap fortunately) from eBay, would like to get it running with Windows XP, if possible.

Email me if possible: [email protected]

Thank you for taking the trouble to read this.


Answer:Driver software for ARCHOS MiniCDRW GS2 read-write USB drive

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My HP laptop's ODD is not able to write disks, on running Optical Drive Read Compare Test it gave me a "failed" message with  failure ID QBRXWM-7RV87M-XD7WMF-6HLB03 .

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