Yeah I usually do regular runs of Western Digital's Diagnostic program. Even though I have owned this HD for quite a few years, it has always passed the test. My HDD is an old WD Raptor 150GB btw. I will definitely do a run once I get my new system parts and get my machine up and running next week.
This "test" is an excellent method to shorten the lifetime of the drive (Have I already mentioned, they are made of cheap plastics?)
No, not a good idea.
I personally would sacrifice a blank CD and a blank DVD and do a test drive with NerÃ¶ CD/DVD Speed. After some registry modifications (see my sig please) you can estimate the burn quality of the DVD.
Okay noted, thanks for the warning. I might try what you suggested then.
A disc desintegrating in the drive while spinning at 10k rpm (or something like that) is usually pre-damaged and had some tiny cracks before - that's why the drive's manual advises not to insert damaged discs into the drive.
Ah right I see. Maybe my old drive (which I replaced with my current one) wasn't actually damaged after all then and there was no need to replace it! When I had the disc's cracking, they never actually shattered though, I just remember noticing small hairline cracks coming out from around the inner hole of my game discs. Although I'm pretty certain all these discs never had any cracks to begin with before running them in that drive.. So I dunno it's just strange..
Anyhow I suppose if you say it really is impossible for any DVD writer to physically crack discs then I'll take your word for it. And that's the main thing I needed to know, as that's what I fear most.
No offense to the OP, but what is the sense of worrying about it. You'll never really know until you replace the MB and try it, so why worry about something you have no control over. The worst case scenario is it's damaged, but you can get great drives for $30 these days, so it's not worth the time worrying about it.
$30? That sounds nice as it's only about 22 euro, but I live in rip off Ireland where I can expect to pay no less than 35-40 euro ($50) for a mid range drive. The S202J cost me around 35 euro I believe..
So yeah, that would be my last resort if I can help it.
Thank you both of you for your time and advice. Fingers crossed for a problem free build/windows installation next week!!