horrible grinding sound and I get a message stating that the file is corrupted.
What could be the problem and can I fix it without calling in the tech
Oh dear. Horrible grinding sounds are never a good thing.
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From that description alone, I’d be seriously looking at a hardware problem.
CD drives make a little noise as the disk spins, of course, but grinding noises
shouldn’t be part of it.
It could be many things drive related, from a misaligned or wobbly motor to
other parts of the drive coming into contact with the CD itself. The worst case
is that it’s damaging the CDs that you put into the drive.
In short, I’d stop using it, and replace the drive.
It’s not a terribly hard operation, so depending on your level of comfort
with such things, replacing the CD-ROM drive is something you might do yourself. But that also means it
shouldn’t be that pricey to have someone else do it either.