While burning some DVDs this morning I grabbed what I thought was one of my trusty Sony YUDEN000T02 blanks and loaded it in my Benq DW1655. I clicked the record button and suddenly my poor burner started making the most horrible banging/grinding/gear-stripping noises I’d heard come out of an optical drive.
I clicked the cancel button, but it didn’t stop! I pressed the eject button on the front of the drive and it still wouldn’t stop!! Fortunately, the side cover was off the computer, so I was finally able to stop the agony by unplugging the power cable from the back of the drive.
I shut down the computer, and when I powered it back up I was able to eject the disk before the train-wreck could start again. I took the blank out of the tray and examined it, expecting to find a large crack, or a piece missing out of it, but it looked ok. Then I took a close look at the edge of the disk and realized that I was holding not one, but TWO Sony blanks! :o :a
I restarted the burning program and put another blank in the drive. I had to grit my teeth when I clicked the record button, but there were no strange noises, and the burn completed normally. I scanned the disk in my Lite-On 165P6S and it looked ok, so I guess the Benq survived my stupidity. But like the title says, please DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!!!