The disk drive thing on my computer won't work?

I would pu a blank cd in to download things to, but it wouldn't work and I did everything right. I also put a regular cd that my sister made me so I could put it on my iPod, but when I put it in it just made weird "thinking" noises, but nothing popped up and it didn't do anything. Is there anything I can do now to... show more I would pu a blank cd in to download things to, but it wouldn't work and I did everything right. I also put a regular cd that my sister made me so I could put it on my iPod, but when I put it in it just made weird "thinking" noises, but nothing popped up and it didn't do anything. Is there anything I can do now to fix it? What's wrong with it?
Update: My computer is pretty old...About 7 years...
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