I have a Yamaha CRW8824E Cd rom drive that 99% of the time doesn't work. The lights light up but it usually can't detect any cd in the drawer. Could this be due to a corrupted driver? Not knowing much about computer repair, I thought it might be worth checking and so I downloaded a new driver after hours of searching. I wasn't able to find a Yamaha disc with the driver on it around my home. Microsoft ME might also have the driver, but I don't know how to go about it. Anyway, I do have the driver on a floppy now. When I try to install it, my computer tells me I have the best driver. Do I have to delete the present driver first? If so, how would I go about doing that? If the driver doesn't seem like the problem, any other suggestions?
I was also looking into the possibility of getting a removable harddrive so that backups are made easier and getting back on track if I have a hard drive crash would be painless. How do they work? Would I buy two of the same hard drives, same size and brand etc.? I currently do backups to a cd-rom. Is this kind of removable hard drive hard to install? Any other suggestions?
I have Windows 2000 and Windows 98 on one computer, Windows ME on another.
Thanks for your time and help everyone!