Posted 31 July 2009 - 03:37 PM
With certain computer components...life doesn't get better with age, once problems start. That probably is one reason for the rapid turnover of computer parts inventories (that plus the fact that newer features, newer technologies seem to be blooming all the time).
With the price of optical drives/burners these days and the expected lifetime of such...IMO, it's hardly worthwhile to think of doing anything extensive other than replacing them.
You can always try the routine things...clean the lens with a disk (which will probably cost almost as much as a new drive), remove upper/lower filters...but they just die without warning all too often.
You start off by talking about hard drive failure to recognize a disk. If you are talking a CD/DVD, it's not the hard drive that's at fault, it's the optical drive. If the optical drive cannot read, then XP cannot be targeted for that.