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Media in DVD Drive is not readable

Q: Media in DVD Drive is not readable

I burn a fair amount of DVR disks with games, movies, and personal files. The drive works just fine. I can play DVDs and it reads other disk. However, I have one disk that just isn't reading at all. I ran the Windows Fix it says the media is not readable. When I insert the disk it is loading in the My Computer screen, and then makes a load funny sound and just doesn't read the disk. When it finishes, the drive ejects when you click on it and says to insert a disk. I looked at ISObuster and it also picks up nothing. I'm not 100% certain, but I'm pretty sure the disk was readable at one time. The disk doesn't appear to have any scratches, cracks, etc. Is there anything I can do to get the disk to be readable and work again? It has unreplaceable personal items. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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A: Media in DVD Drive is not readable

Have you tried using the disk in another machine, preferably a machine that has a newer drive? Is the disc a name brand disk that you know was bought from a reputable store?
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A:Media in CD/DVD drive is not readable.

The drive may be burned out.

All disks?

(You will not be protected against the latest threats unless you keep your antivirus updated.)
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Quote: Originally Posted by drgluta

I know that this question is not associated with this topic but i need help.Ive typed in following command in command prompt bootsect /nt60 and my flash drive is not readable any there any command to reverse mentioned command?I was trying to make bootable usb drive and now i cant access my usb flash anymore and i had some important files on that flash.Anyone help please?

You should really post this in Vista Forums. I am unfamiliar, but did some googling. Suggest post in Vista Forums, in the general forum. Give them some background on why you ran this command, and hopefully it is reversible.

Bootsect Command-Line Options

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A:Hard Drive not readable sometimes

if you suspect your HDD, then download a disc diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of your HDD. Run it from its bootable form (burn it to a cd or something) and it will tell you if your HDD is about to fail or if its ok.
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A:Solved: External drive still recognised but is it readable?

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A:Recovering files from a readable Hard drive.

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Welcome to Seven Forums.

Without asking any questions - there are many I would like to ask - let me directly get into action.

Please download, install and run MiniTools Partition Wizard Free Edition 9. MiniTool Partition Manager Software for Windows PC and Server

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I have no idea why you are having problems with this. Try KBAlertz and see if you can access Knowledge base articles through them.

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OL2002: Posts Do Not Honor Line Breaks in Plain Text Format
The information in this article applies to:
Microsoft Outlook 2002

This article was previously published under Q287816
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Remember, its read only on a boot up, (computer boots to cd drive b4 hard drive) and the cd is in the tray when you power up the computer.
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A:Monitor suddenly goes very pale, hardly readable.

Honestly, if that's it, I say just take that graphics card out & use the integrated graphics.
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A:Will a Win 7 back up be readable on another machine, just in case?

Take a system image with Macrium Reflect as linked in my signature, if you don't like Windows 10 then you can restore the image of Windows 7 so you'll be back where you were before the upgrade.

Imaging with free Macrium
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If you know of such a product I would appreciate your sharing the information.

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A:Solved: Utility to Verify Files Are Readable?

Run MP3Test and it will show you which mp3's have errors and what type of errors. The program is a free trial and when 30 days are up you can still use it but with a nag screen.

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A:Win7 Windows key on my Satellite L500 is not readable

Maybe it sounds stupid now but it is not important if this product key is readable or not. It is just evidence that you have bought notebook with preinstalled OS and valid licence key.

This key belongs to original preinstalled OS (recovery image) and this original recovery image must not be activated. You can install it 1000 times and it will be activated every time after clean installation.

In case that you want to install other OS version this key cannot be used for activation. Simply put, this key is useless.
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PDFBinder is a free, simple tool to combine multiple pdfs into one pdf
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A:After Windows XP freeze, a couple of my hard drives are not readable. HELP!

Try this:Boot to your WinXP Setup CD
At the 1st window with the Repair option on the bottom Statusbar, do that to open the Repair Console
When you get to the Repair Console's Command Prompt enter CHKDSK C: /R (the R is not a typo)
Let CHKDSK do its thing, then reboot
Repeat this procedure, CHKDSK drv: /R, for every hard drive in your system, including reboot after each HD.

Also, running CHKDSK from the desktop (via Start menu, Accessories, Command Prompt) by entering CHKDSK C: /F (the F is not a typo), occasionally. This should be part of your general system maintenance routine. Note that this will require a reboot to actually run for C:.

Hope this helps.
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A:Satellite P200-1FC - Vista product key not readable anymore, do I need it?


If you have to install windows with recovery disk, you don't need installation key:) But if you want to retrieve it before installation, you can use a program like Keyfinder. It retrieves Windows and Office serial key
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