so i purchased a Lite-On LH-20A1H roughly a week and a half ago, maybe 15-20 burns max, and a few rips. enabled HyperTuning through ImgBurn and haven’t touched anything else. all burns, the befores & afters, were at 8x, with ImgBurn.
every burn i had done up until today was superb. exceptional quality burns, most even better than the following screen shot!
so today i put in a older MCC01RG20 i burned roughly 3 years ago that i wanted to scan and make a backup of.
what happened? well not a whole lot. the drive just kept spinning for a while and nothing happened. i couldn’t eject the tray, through pressing the button or software.
Nero CD-DVD Speed would not read the disc, ImgBurn would not read the disc. drive is still spinning and the green light is still solid. no abnormal sounds.
opened the disc with VLC and finally it stopped and played in VLC. shortly after VLC crashed, but the drive was no longer spinning, and i was able to read the disc in CD-DVD Speed and ImgBurn. i did a surface scan that went perfectly, and proceeded to make an image of the disc with ImgBurn; every thing went as it should. removed the disc and put in a fresh blank.
i shortly after burned the image and scanned it with CD-DVD Speed, what i saw shocked me. i thought, no way something is wrong with the drive, its brand new! must be due to the image…?
so i went ahead and did a second burn, different files, and to my disappointment, the burn was equally as bad. here is the second burn (ignore the date; it is the date the image was created. it was burned today.)