I’ve got a NEC 2500 (about 4 years old) that doesn’t read scratched disks that well.
I’ve got a Lite-On SHM-165H6S (3 yrs(?) old) that won’t read anything but the most pristine disks. I think there is something wrong with this drive. It won’t even read the drivecleaner disk most of the time. I wonder if I knocked the laser out of whack with the diskcleaner and I got it to work a few times and I ran it back and forth in there repeatedly trying to get the drive to read better.
I got a Lite-On LH-20A1H (2(?)years old) that reads the best of the three. It will definately read some disks the other two won’t. It still doesn’t read scratched disks well enough for my taste though. It will read well enough to play almost anything. It can’t rip a lot of scratched disks though with DVDD.
Any thoughts on what’s the best drive now for that, especially for DVDs?