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Computer Drive Scratching Discs--Any Ideas What's Causing It?

Old 08-06-05, 09:23 PM
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Computer Drive Scratching Discs--Any Ideas What's Causing It?

I first noticed that my drive would make clicking noises when I tried importing a song into Itunes. But seeing that the song is about 95% imported, I just let it finish before taking the disc out. When I took the disc out, I took a quick glance at it, and it looked okay, and the imported song file on the computer plays perfectly. So I didn't worry too much about it.

A few days later, the same thing happens. Again, I let it finish because nothing happened to the disc or the song file that first time, even though the clicking, almost grinding noise was starting to freak me out. But this time, the imported song file on the computer would start okay at first, but when it got to about 2 minutes into the song, it wouldn't play--the sound would be all scrambled sounding, like the disc was skipping. I took the disc out, and it looked okay. I already ruled out that these are copy-protected discs, because the discs are too old to have had it.

The next day, I tried to run some software that came with my textbook, and the software was about 95% installed when the clicking noise started. This time, it clicked for over 15 minutes and wouldn't stop. I ejected the disc, and this time, it was scratched. I wasn't aware of how badly it was scratched until I took the disc to work to try running it on one of the computers there. Because the lights at work are bright, flourescent lights, all the scratches were visible, and they were extremely deep, circular scratches, that went around the disc. The majority of the scratches were in the middle.

Sorry if this message is too long and way too detailed, but I'd really like to know what's wrong with my computer's DVD drive so I can try to fix it. I've Googled and searched, but the stuff I've found when I put in "Computer drive scratched discs" is stuff that tells you how to fix scratched CDs. I found a couple of Xbox users who seemed to have had their discs scratched in their drives too, but no one seems to have an answer as to what's causing it. I haven't used the drive again, because I'm afraid it will do more damage to my discs. I'm especially afraid to put some of my out of print and import CDs into Itunes because they can't be replaced. Thanks for reading and any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Old 08-06-05, 10:26 PM
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It doesn't really matter what's causing it, you just need to replace the drive. You can get a good DVD-ROM drive for less than $25, or the top-notch NEC 3540A DVD burner for about $45.
Old 08-06-05, 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Salty
It doesn't really matter what's causing it, you just need to replace the drive. You can get a good DVD-ROM drive for less than $25, or the top-notch NEC 3540A DVD burner for about $45.
It's a DVD burner in a laptop. So I don't think replacing the drive is that easy or that cheap. Plus, the drive has never been used very often until I started importing songs into Itunes several weeks ago. Another thing, someone I was working on a project with had borrowed a Mac Powerbook from school, and the drive in that machine was scratching discs up too, which leads me to think that this problem happens quite often.
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Replacing the drive will be easy. As for cheap, I don't know. But it isn't likely to be user-repairable.

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