I am preparing to purchase 136 systems for a computer lab, and I’m looking for a DVD-ROM drive to go in those systems that uses a gear-driven tray mechanism. We have 1700+ systems in our lab, and since they are on all of the time and are in a fairly harsh usage environment, we have discovered that the belts tend to wear on the belt-drive mechanisms and are our number one failure for the CD/DVD drives. So, we’ve been trying to get drives that use a gear-driven mechanism instead. We’ve used a few Lite-On drives in the past, but the ones I’ve looked at recently all seem to have belts.
Any suggestions for a reliable drive that has a gear-driven tray? We don’t need burning capability, but if that’s the only way to get the gear-drive, then upgrading is possible.
Thanks for any help,