I've bought most every maker's DVD burner, Sammy, LG, Plextor, Sony, Pioneer, HP and some that I can't remember.
They seem to last about a year, then boom.
I'm a very casual burner, maybe 10 or 12 a year.
Is this expected?
The failure is always different,
sometimes it won't burn DVD +R,
sometimes won't spin up,
sometimes causes op sys (WIN 7) hangs.
My last Plextor, bought last summer, just decided to drop off of the available drive list.
Do most users replace these like light bulbs?
Or is it planned obsolescence?