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How suspect are CD/DVD drives really?
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mgbinnewhaw
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August 30, 2012 - 11:42 am
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I was attracted by the title as I had very similar difficulties (and still have), so I hope you will suffer this fool. If this query should be moved to a more appropriate forum then please do so.

My problems are myriad - all of which lead me to attempt a re-installation of Win7 which lead to the message "some Windows files are missing". The Win7 installation dvd looks fine.

Can I presume that my cd/dvd may be faulty, rather than my Win7 dvd?

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Jim Hillier
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August 30, 2012 - 4:57 pm
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Hey mg - Welcome to the DCT forum. Smile

I seriously doubt there would be anything amiss with your cd/dvd drive (optical drive). One of two likely scenarios here:

1) Dirty or damaged installation DVD  - make sure the Win7 installation DVD is nice and clean and free from fingerprints or scratches.

2) Leftover data on the hard drive - depending on what types of issues you were experiencing originally, which led to you re-installing, you may need to wipe the hard drive completely with something like Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) before trying a fresh install. Especially if malware was involved.

Cheers... Jim

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I'll throw my .02 into the mix...

What problems were you having before the re-install? CD/DVD drives can be fickle and do not last forever - especially if they are heavily used, but my guess(with the limited information available) is the hard drive might be dying.

The easiest way to find out would be to use a program such as Yumi - http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/ - to install the Windows 7 DVD onto a USB drive. If that did not work I would attempt to connect the hard drive to another computer to read the SMART data and run a check disk.

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