I just bought two 716SA drives and they both refuse to read some commercial CD disks. It looks like SafeDisk 3.0 is a big problem for this drive. I have had these drives for a week now and tried all different methods to get a go. About the only way is to slow the drive to 8x read, CLV. Incredibly slow, any other burner I have will cut right through the installs.
Both my systems are Abit IC7G. One is running RAID 0 on the ICH5, the 716 is running off the SI3112. The other system is running a single HD off the ICH5 and sharing the other port with the 716. The 716 running off of the SI3112 is really unstable.
Both 716 drives are TLA build 0203, FW103. I also tried FW104.
Medal of Honor Pacific Assault will read the first disk OK. At the end of the second disk the system will lock up and require a cold boot to reset.
There is a game called Full Spectrum Warrior, not too cool but I think it also uses SD3 for protection. FSW also crashes on the second disk read but does not take down the system. It posts an error message, “Corrupt data3.cab.”
Plextor support has been quiet. The first reply was that “some games can not be installed via a burner.” I have to disagree with that one.
So I gave up and have removed the 716SA drives and am going to send them back to the vendor along with all the documentation I have assembled. I really like Plextor’s stuff, I wonder if an IDE drive will work better.