I had been running my Plextor 708A with firmware 1.04 for about 8 months with no issues at all. During this time, I would backup various files on my PC with DVD+RW media (Memorex, ID RicohJPN). Again, no problems.
A few weeks back I updated to firmware 1.07 after reading that most people seemed to have no issue with it, and I normally like to be current, so I did seemingly without issue. All DVDs previously burned with 1.04 worked fine, and any media I used since then worked fine…until today.
DVD-R and +R discs still read and burn fine, but all of a sudden my DVD+RW discs wouldn’t read or burn properly at all. I know they still have plenty of life on them, because some of them have only been burned about 5 or 6 times.
No matter what I did I could not get my Plextor 708A 1.07 to read any of the discs, so I updated back to 1.04, since for over 8 months or so I never had any issue with that firmware.
Once going back I can now read any DVD+RW discs that I wrote with the 1.04 firmware before my update to 1.07, but all of the discs that I wrote under 1.07 still cannot be read or written to.
Normally I wouldn’t care too much, but there are some important files on some of the discs in question, and I would like to know what I can do read from them from this drive, or at least be able to erase them.
Also, does anyone know why under 1.07 they would all of a sudden stop working? After the upgrade from 1.04 to 1.07 everything was fine for a few weeks, then things (with the DVD+RW media) acted buggy. I would like to know, so I can prevent this from happening again.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read through my question.
P.S. What is the best DVD-RW or DVD+RW media to use for the 708A?