Posted 12 January 2007 - 02:46 PM
Thanks for the reply.
I did what you suggested twice, no change.
The second time I had to push the release with a paper clip to get the disk out of the drive. I had not had that happen before, so I guess it is getting worse. I will plan on replacing it. I have put in a bit of hardware before, floppy drives, a tape drive once, and I managed to make it work out. I am sure I can again.
I also was wondering why Windows will intermittently recognize my external drives. I have the two DVD burners I mentioned. Some of the time, when reboot, they are not recognized by Windows. I discontinued having them both on at the same time unless I needed them to help with any conflict. They are both on a firewire card. However, sometimes Windows will not recognize even one of them. Usually I can disconnect it and plug it back in (firewire) and that will do it. Rarely I have to turn off the power and disconnect the firewire and reboot. After reboot I turn it on and plug in the firewire and it then recognizes it. As I said, this is all very intermittent. About 70% of the time, Windows recognizes them without probem. Any thoughts on that? By the way, I have tested the firewire card and checked for updates, but it is fine.
One of the externals is an internal with a case on it. I can take the case off and install it in my tower to replace the bad drive. The only thing is it is black and my computer is not. That is not a big deal to me, though.
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