This may be a silly question. I did some searching on the forum and looks like there may be some issues with various USB2/firewire-to-IDE bridge chipsets, and maybe this is what I'm running into.
I can't seem to get anything out of Nero's CDSpeed Disc Quality test. It does the 10 second "spinning up the drive" part, then seems to start, graying out all the options, but afterwards, it just seems to sit there. It is eating up CPU utilitization (which stops if I stop the test), but it NEVER shows anything on the graphs, no matter how long I let it sit (have let it go over an hour to see if maybe it just doesn't display anything til the test is completed).
Disc Info works, and so does Benchmark, but not Disc Quality. I have Nero and its ASPI layer installed on the system.
Motherboard chipset is intel 875P/6300ESB, connected to onboard USB2 port, only other thing connected is my Samsung SD816B in an external USB case.
So if I can't get anything out of the utility, would this perhaps imply that the USB/firewire bridge chipset in my Plextor 740UF external enclosure is interfering with the test? The drive is flashed to the BenQ EW164B firmware.
Pretty sure I tried this with the Plextor 740A 1.02 firmware flashed to the drive too and got nothing there as well.
I just bought this drive at New Egg and there is a possibility I may need to return it since the original "quality assurance" seal on the box was broken (and replaced with another one just like it on top of the first). So I'm trying to run some tests to make sure whether the drive is good or bad, I have a small window of opportunity to get another drive shipped without a lot of hassle.
Doesnt look like it would be easy to get the drive out of this snap-together (no screws) case to test it directly on an IDE port.
Any advice is definitely appreciated!