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Broken External Disc Drive or Something Else?


the-peoples-poet
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Hi,

Was wondering if I could get some opinions/advice or maybe a solution to a problem that I have had recently.

I have an external hard drive (the internal ones are properly messed up and unrepairable) and when I go to burn data onto a disc, whether I use expensive paid softwre or something free, everything seems to be going along as normal, at the end I even get a 'disc created successfully' message. Yet, when I put the disc into the drive to check it, make sure everything has burned onto it properly, the disc shows up on the comp as being blank. I can even put the same disc back into the drive (the one that I have just used) and use it again to try burning the data onto it. When I put the disc into the DVD player, an error comes up saying 'disc not recognised' or 'disc cannot be played'.

I am considering spending money on a new external drive, but if there is something wrong within the computer somewhere else, will buying a new drive necessarily help? Everything else in the comp works perfectly (apart from the broken dives I mentioned) so I dont' know where to go next.

I can't afford at the moment to buy a whole new harddrive. Has anyone else had issues like this? Can anyone give me any advice?

My comp is a Dell Inspiron 530 running on Vista Service Pack 2.

Thank you.

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I will definitely be back, thank you. Everyone I have encountered here has been so nice and friendly. Thank you again :)

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