I had just recorded a CD popped in a new blank CD (same brand as before)but the CDR-RW refused to read the CD. Have tried to see if it will read data/music Cds, no joy. Device manager reports that it is working properly. Is it just knackered or can anyone suggest anything else I can look at before looking to buy a replacement.
If it won't read any disks at all then the problem is either the IDE cable is loose or faulty, unlikely in your case as you say the computer says its ok or its needing cleaned, you can buy a cd cleaner disk for about a fiver. If both these ideas failed then its dead and needs replaced, but the good news is you can get a new one for about £25 if this is the case. By the way I'm unsure if this is the case anymore but the cdwriter manufacturers did not recommend using cleaners on their drives but in your case it doesn't work anyway so you've nothing to lose and even if it doesn't work you can still use the cleaning disk on you hifi etc.