Following up on the discussion within this thread regarding Lite-ON drives having unique features which allow it to be far more forgiving towards trash discs, I decided to purchase a Lite-ON drive.
I searched about 100 or so e-commerce websites and distributors, however, I wasn't able to locate any source which would be ready to sell and ship any of the following series:
- iHAS324/424/524/624 [I wanted to go for the newer drives as it could have lead to better results]
Anyway, since I wasn't able to locate any source for the above mentioned models, I simply purchased a Lite-ON iHAS124 which was available locally, where I live.
I updated the firmware of the iHAS124 to the latest version available and I used the following advanced settings which are unique to Lite-ON drives:
I 19:54:31 Advanced Settings - Force HT: Yes, Online HT: Yes, OverSpeed: No, SmartBurn: Yes
Also, if you remember, I had saved some of the inferior quality Verbatims that I had purchased, specifically for testing on a Lite-ON drive, when I would purchase one. Therefore, I began my tests and I'm listing below the results of it:
1st burn: went without a hitch and verified 100%
2nd burn: failed, reason: write error-->invalid address for write
3rd burn: went without a hitch and verified 100%
disk quality (3rd burn):
4th burn: went without a hitch and verified 100%
5th burn: went without a hitch, but found some uncorrectable sectors during the verification phase:
I 20:13:18 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:18:46
I 20:13:18 Average Write Rate: 6,945 KiB/s (5.1x) - Maximum Write Rate: 8,173 KiB/s (6.0x)
I 20:13:18 Cycling Tray before Verify...
W 20:13:25 Waiting for device to become ready...
I 20:13:41 Device Ready!
I 20:13:42 Operation Started!
I 20:13:42 Source Device: [1:1:0] ATAPI iHAS124 E 4L07 (G:) (ATA)
I 20:13:42 Source Media Type: DVD+R DL (Book Type: DVD-ROM) (Disc ID: MBIPG101-R10-65)
I 20:13:42 Source Media Supported Read Speeds: 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x
I 20:13:42 Source Media Supported Write Speeds: 4x, 6x, 8x
I 20:13:42 Source Media Sectors: 3,417,072 (Track Path: OTP - L0: 1,708,544 - L1: 1,708,528)
I 20:13:42 Source Media Size: 6,998,163,456 bytes
I 20:13:42 Image File: -==/\/[BUILD IMAGE]\/\==-
I 20:13:42 Image File Sectors: 3,417,072 (MODE1/2048)
I 20:13:42 Image File Size: 6,998,163,456 bytes
I 20:13:42 Image File Volume Identifier:
I 20:13:42 Image File Volume Set Identifier: 44E29ECC003423E3
I 20:13:42 Image File Application Identifier: IMGBURN V22.214.171.124 - THE ULTIMATE IMAGE BURNER!
I 20:13:42 Image File Implementation Identifier: ImgBurn
I 20:13:42 Image File File System(s): ISO9660, UDF (1.02)
I 20:13:42 Read Speed (Data/Audio): MAX / MAX
I 20:13:43 Read Speed - Effective: 4.8x - 12x, 12x - 4.8x
I 20:13:43 Verifying Session 1 of 1... (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 3417071)
I 20:13:43 Verifying Track 1 of 1... (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 3417071)
I 20:13:43 Verifying Layer 0... (LBA: 0 - 1708543)
I 20:19:00 Verifying Layer 1... (LBA: 1708544 - 3417071)
W 20:23:34 Failed to Read Sectors 3246624 - 3246655 - Reason: L-EC Uncorrectable Error
I 20:24:55 Exporting Graph Data...
I 20:24:55 Export Successfully Completed!
I 20:24:55 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:11:11
I 20:24:55 Average Verify Rate: 10,200 KiB/s (7.5x) - Maximum Verify Rate: 15,012 KiB/s (11.1x)
disc quality (5th burn):