The two drives that I had were a 32x SCSI and an 8432 CD-R. The CD-ROM made it to 10 months before being very kindly swapped for a new one by my retailer. It just stopped recognising CDs one day. The writer went wrong at about 11 months. It stopped recognising some discs and read others very slowly. Plextor replaced it with another one (very promptly), and the engineers report proved that there was “mechanical failure”. Both replacements are still working, however they are rarely used now. Now my m8 had exactly the same drives as me (I had recommended them before they broke down). His writer failed within two weeks (just stopped doing anything), and was replaced. It is still working fine, however the eject button fell off the front and he had to take the facing off to glue it back together. The SCSI CD-ROM also failed the same way as mine did, also needing replaced. I also have to note the very flimsy construction of the tray and eject mechanisms on the writers (although the CD-ROMs seem very solid and chunky). Now I am neither incompetent, nor lying. These are the facts. How can you say all of these drives were working perfectly and there was no unreliability involved? In light of all this, I would have to be off my head to recommend them or buy them again. I seem to have upset people in the past, because on the Internet, people take hardware personally. I feel as if I should put on an asbestos suit before voicing my opinions :4 However, I’m going to say “Plextor is great” just because everyone else is.