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If your CD drive makes a grinding sound, you'll need to replace it. Here's why.
Oh dear. Horrible grinding sounds are never a good thing.
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.
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