An optical drive most of the time 'sees' CD's but not DVD's. Is that usually a hardware or software fault?
- Anonymous8 months agoFavourite answer
If the drive is both a CD and DVD drive and it's not reading DVDs there's something wrong with the drive. If you put the DVD drive in and the DVD shows up when you click open and you can see the files but you can't play it you likely have Windows 10 which has no DVD decoder built into it VLC media player is the answer it's free.
- 8 months ago
Hi. It could be either - if the DVD drive is older (I see You mention Win7 & at least 5 years old for the drive itself) ... Then You might actually have an older ' cheaper drive that only supports one type of DVD, either DVD-R or DVD+R discs.
If this is the case, when a company burns on the kind of disc Your drive can't use, You won't "see" the disc. As another poster said, drives are cheap enough now to just replace it with a drive that does all DVDRs, Double-layer DVDRs, & DVD-RAM discs for about $18US.
Then the only thing it won't read is BluRay discs, but You can upgrade to a full burner for about $75US.
As far as software - just download the free "imgburn" software, runs fine on Win7, & does all kinds of discs.
- champerLv 78 months ago
You say "most of the time", which implies that sometimes it does work. If that's the case it's doubtless a problem with the drive itself. I'd try replacing it, they're cheap enough. Before you do that, though, I'd try cleaning it. You can get a cleaning disk in most computer and electronic places.
- Sasha WhitefurLv 78 months ago
Is it a cd +DVD drive, a or just a CD Drive;or just a DVD drive, what brand and model?