How to Fix CD/DVD Drive Problems With 18 Freeware Tools and Scripts

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The following 18 pieces of freeware, registry keys and simple vbs scripts, can be used to address many of the causes of CD/DVD failure. After using any one of them, if the problem isn't fixed right away, try uninstalling the CD/DVD drive driver and then invoking Device Manager to rescan for new hardware. For a detailed analysis of causes of CD-DVD- failures see the eHow article: http://www.ehow.com/how_4528204_possible-causes-cddvd-drive-failures.html. For a detailed version of how to fix CD/DVD issues see the eHow article: http://www.ehow.com/how_4518206_fix-cddvd-drive-issues.html.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet connection.
  • Microsoft now has a Mr. Fixit solution with software that is supposed to fix CD/DVD issues. I just has an error 19 problem and the Mr. Fixit app, Mats_Run.DVD.exe didn't seem to fix the issue. However maybe I didn't take my own advice to uninstall the drive afterwards, and have Device Manager rescan for hardware changes. At any rate, the little fixit program is available here and is the proper place to start: http://support.Microsoft.com/mats/cd_dvd_drive_problems/

    I did fix my issue using the CDGONE patch from Step 2. and then going to Device Manager by pasting "devmgmt.msc" in Windows search above the Start Button for my Windows 7. In Device Manager I -> went to my CD/DVD player-burner -> right clicked on it -> chose uninstall -> went to the action menu -> clicked on rescan for hardware changes and presto, back in business.

  • CDGONE patch - http://aumha.org/downloads/cdgone.zip - CD drives may often disappear from Windows Explorer/My Computer and Device Manager. This sometimes happens for instance when a third-party CD-burning package like ITunes has been uninstalled and registry references for drive to use the software aren't removed successfully. Installing this popular patch and then rebooting will often restore the missing drives. Any third party burning or viewing/playing media will then have to be re-installed. This applet probably works by removing the upper and lower filters at the their most common registry locations. After using try going to Device Manager by pasting "devmgmt.msc" in the "Run" dialog box in XP or in the Windows search above the Start Button in Vista and Windows 7. In Device Manager -> select your CD/DVD player-burner -> right click on it -> choose "Uninstall" -> go to the "Action" menu -> click on Scan for hardware changes. See if this fixes your issue.

  • XP CD DVD Fix - http://www.pruittfamily.com/paul/hosted-software/xp_cd_dvd_fix.exe. This software probably works the same way as above, by removing the upper and lower filters in the registry. It may also change a few other registry keys. You may have to reinstall CD/DVD burning applications. . Installing this popular patch and then rebooting will often restore the missing drives. Any third party burning or viewing/playing media will then have to be re-installed. This applet probably works by removing the upper and lower filters at the their most common registry locations. After using try going to Device Manager by pasting "devmgmt.msc" in the "Run" dialog box in XP or in the Windows search above the Start Button in Vista and Windows 7. In Device Manager -> select your CD/DVD player-burner -> right click on it -> choose "Uninstall" -> go to the "Action" menu -> click on Scan for hardware changes. See if this fixes your issue.

  • RepairFilter: http://www.digitalsupporttech.com/download/tools/FixCdRomTypeError.exe - this tool deletes the upper and lower filters in their most likely registry location, which is a common solution to fixing CD/DVD drive problems. You may have to reinstall CD/DVD burning applications.. Installing this popular patch and then rebooting will often restore the missing drives. Any third party burning or viewing/playing media will then have to be re-installed. This applet probably works by removing the upper and lower filters at the their most common registry locations. After using try going to Device Manager by pasting "devmgmt.msc" in the "Run" dialog box in XP or in the Windows search above the Start Button in Vista and Windows 7. In Device Manager -> select your CD/DVD player-burner -> right click on it -> choose "Uninstall" -> go to the "Action" menu -> click on Scan for hardware changes. See if this fixes your issue.

  • Yet another script for restoring CD/DVD drives in Explorer/My Computer but just for XP machines. It's from the famous Kelly's Korner Registry Edits for Windows XP "Tweaks and Tips" page.. Installing this popular patch and then rebooting will often restore the missing drives. Any third party burning or viewing/playing media will then have to be re-installed. This applet probably works by removing the upper and lower filters at the their most common registry locations.. Installing this popular patch and then rebooting will often restore the missing drives. Any third party burning or viewing/playing media will then have to be re-installed. This applet probably works by removing the upper and lower filters at the their most common registry locations. After using try going to Device Manager by pasting "devmgmt.msc" in the "Run" dialog box in XP or in the Windows search above the Start Button in Vista and Windows 7. In Device Manager -> select your CD/DVD player-burner -> right click on it -> choose "Uninstall" -> go to the "Action" menu -> click on Scan for hardware changes. See if this fixes your issue.

  • Resetdma.vbs - http://winhlp.com/tools/resetdma.vbs - this little script will set the data transfer settings of all your drives including your CD/DVD drive's IDE channel to DMA. DMA in compared to the older PIO data transfer mode is faster and newer method. This may fix drive issues such as burning and reading difficulties. Installing this popular patch and then rebooting will often restore the missing drives. Any third party burning or viewing/playing media will then have to be re-installed. This applet probably works by removing the upper and lower filters at the their most common registry locations.. Installing this popular patch and then rebooting will often restore the missing drives. Any third party burning or viewing/playing media will then have to be re-installed. This applet probably works by removing the upper and lower filters at the their most common registry locations. After using try going to Device Manager by pasting "devmgmt.msc" in the "Run" dialog box in XP or in the Windows search above the Start Button in Vista and Windows 7. In Device Manager -> select your CD/DVD player-burner -> right click on it -> choose "Uninstall" -> go to the "Action" menu -> click on Scan for hardware changes. See if this fixes your issue.

  • CDROM.inf - Install http://www.cd-DVD-troubleshooter.com/hosted-files/windows-xp/cdrom.inf or http://www.cd-DVD-troubleshooter.com/hosted-files/vista/cdrom.inf for Vista at C:\Windows\inf. Write over the file of the same name. Then right click on the file and choose "install". This process reinstalls the drivers for the CD drive.

  • Microsoft Autoplay Repair Wizard: http://www.Microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c680a7b6-e8fa-45c4-a171-1b389cfacdad&DisplayLang=en - interestingly this repair utility may fix some CD/DVD drive reading and burning issues in addition to Autoplay ones.

  • CD Recovery Toolbox - http://www.oemailrecovery.com/cd_recovery.html - this freeware app will recover data from corrupt and damaged CDs and DVDs.

  • Sony Rootkit Uninstaller - http://cp.sonybmg.com/xcp/english/updates.html - SONY rootkits are installed as digital music rights protection on old older Sony music CDs which are still around. If you play one of these disks on your machine, the rootkit app may deploy on your machine. This app sometimes affects CD/DVD drive behavior. The uninstaller fixes that. The app will tell you immediately if it detects the rootkit software.. Installing this popular patch and then rebooting will often restore the missing drives. Any third party burning or viewing/playing media will then have to be re-installed. This applet probably works by removing the upper and lower filters at the their most common registry locations. After using try going to Device Manager by pasting "devmgmt.msc" in the "Run" dialog box in XP or in the Windows search above the Start Button in Vista and Windows 7. In Device Manager -> select your CD/DVD player-burner -> right click on it -> choose "Uninstall" -> go to the "Action" menu -> click on Scan for hardware changes. See if this fixes your issue.

  • Repairing the "Send To CD Drive" shortcut in XP - SendToCD_registry_key.reg - http://www.stuartandnicola.com/system/files/SendToCD_registry_key.reg - this registry file contains two keys which will restore the Send To CD Drive on the Explorer right click menu and the Copy to CD options in my Picture Tasks. - from article: http://www.stuartandnicola.com/node/107

  • Incomplete uninstallation of Nero and Roxio/Sonic software such as Easy CD Creator, can cause CD and DVD drive issues. There are tools for cleaning up these installations. Nero has a special on at: http://www.nero.com/enu/tools-utilities.html. Roxio used to distribut one called roxizap. However there is a more modern method using Windows Installer Cleanup tool and a script found here: http://forums.support.roxio.com/index.php?showtopic=14713.. Installing this popular patch and then rebooting will often restore the missing drives. Any third party burning or viewing/playing media will then have to be re-installed. This applet probably works by removing the upper and lower filters at the their most common registry locations. After using try going to Device Manager by pasting "devmgmt.msc" in the "Run" dialog box in XP or in the Windows search above the Start Button in Vista and Windows 7. In Device Manager -> select your CD/DVD player-burner -> right click on it -> choose "Uninstall" -> go to the "Action" menu -> click on Scan for hardware changes. See if this fixes your issue.

  • Fixes from Registry Edits for Windows XP "Tweaks and Tips" Kellys Korner - Enable CD AutoPlay for XP Pro - http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/autorunenable.reg. Allow CD Burn Options - http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/cdburnallow.reg. Add Explore CD-ROM to Start Button (R/C) - http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/explorecdrom.vbs. Access Denied - CD ROM, Floppy, Removable - http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/cdfloppy.reg. ** Restore CD/DVD in Explorer - http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/xp_cd_dvd_fix.vbs.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to make a System restore point so if you make any changes to your machine you can reverse them. To do this got to Start Button -> Click on Programs -> Click on Accessories -> Click on System Tools -> Choose System Restore. Follow the directions to make a restore point.
  • Photo Credit ~Kien for Broken CD Image - http://flickr.com/photos/cvkien/
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