I would suggest getting the A103 at least and possibly the A104 although I have found 103 better for the media I use. If you have no scan supported drive you are right, you cannot use anything other than the transfer test. BTW, if you stick to my media choices, you will most likely never need to scan, unless there is a severe problem.
There is support for hacking through the MCSE tool here:
but I have never found a need to use it.