I'll take that into consideration next time around. Thanks.
I am running nVidia IDE drivers and it says my NEC drive is set for UDMA2.
I'm gonna start using some 16x dvd-r TY media as soon as it comes in. The RitekG05's were burning fine and I was getting good reads in my dvd-roms but I was put off by the lack of longevity I've been hearing about as of late. Hopefully TY solves it all.