Hi. I’ve owned a benQ DW1640 for a few years, bought shortly after it was released, and up until recently it has been flawless. I really love this drive. About a week ago I upgraded my board and CPU to an Intel E8600 and an Asus P5Q-E, and yesterday I copied a bunch of data (3.17GB) from an old DVD backup disc I had. Well, this seemed to take a very long time, so today I tried again and timed it. This took 18 minutes 26 seconds. I think I might know the problem – I can’t get the Intel Matrix Storage Driver to install on my board. This is a common problem, apparently, and after trying to fix it today with a guide I found online, I ended up trashing Windows. I forced the driver to install, then upon rebooting, I got BSOD’s every time.
Does anyone agree that the fact that the driver won’t install is the problem here? I don’t really want to have to purchase another drive (money is tight) but if necessary I will get a SATA DVD rewriter. If anyone has any advice for me I’d greatly appreciate it. What are the best SATA drives to consider? Or do you know a way to get this driver installed? Currently I am using the stock XP driver which I never had a problem with before, but I guess this motherboard doesn’t wanna play.