i just recently crashed my computer. Before my old ass pata drive finally died on me.R.I.P i lost lots like 25% of my stuff the rest i had stored on DVDRW'S that i burned with my optical drive about 2 years ago the same optical drive that is in my computer now. Now the optical reads cd's , cdr's , cdrw's but it will not read my dvdrw's. i can read the data that i have on cd and cdr it reads all my burned iso disks and reads all my regular computer disks. Help
Will the drive read a commercially made dvd? If so, then your dvd-rw's may have deteriorated.
If the drive will not read dvds of any kind, then it may have a mechanical failure of some type, where the laser that reads dvds is not functioning.