My CD writer is about 3 years old. Recently, getting it to see a blank disk has become more difficult. Sometimes a different disk will help but not always. When a disk is put in, the drive tries to read but it just continues to try with some clicking. Reinstalling the software (Easy CD 3.5) didn't sort the problem as I thought. Could the unit need cleaning? If so how can this be done? Has anyone experienced the problem before and found a simple solution. I have that feeling that the only solution is to fit a new writer. Thanks for any help you can offer.
You can get a cleaning disk (like any ordinary CD but with hairy brushes on it) which will clean the lens and might improve matters. I've seen them priced at around £10 in PCW and Dixons, but around £4 in Tescos - sold for cleaning ordinary CD players. However, I agree with those above - this is program data you are talking about and £30 for a new drive is probably the best way forward.