[QUOTE=Arachne;2248017]I’ve found that most often too, looking at drives belonging to mates that have died - as I’ve only ever had two drives die (she says with fingers crossed!). One of those, an old Litey, stopped writing/reading CDs though.[/QUOTE]
Yeah I just had my old Liteon do exactly the same thing (totally stop reading and writing CD’s) even though DVD’s still work fine.
Some years ago I had another Litey do the exact opposite, all DVD functions stopped but CD’s still worked fine.
The other way they often die totally is when they stop spinning altogther, then of course they don’t read or write anything.