I've had this drive for quite a few months now and it seems like it is very picky about reading DVDs. Is it just me, or is this common? I've tried to make back ups of many movies and if the disc has even the slightest scratch it seems like the drive won't read it. But then, sometimes, it will tolerate 'em. It is so frustrating. It won't even read the data dvd my friend gave me but my crappy hp dvd rom drive will. I don't know what info you need so ill just tell you I have firmware version 1.09, I use Roxio to make the DVDs, dvd Shrink to compress and DVD decrypter to.......decrypt.