[qanda]This thread is about the Plextor PX-708A2. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]I have been trying to setup an optimal ripping solution. Through reading (here and elsewhere) I have decided that I should use Plextor drives (either the PX-230 or the PX-708) as they have the best support for the features (C2, cache flushing, accuratestream, etc.) my chosen software (dbPoweramp) uses to get accurate rips.
Since these drives are no longer made I have been checking EBay for used ones. Although the 230 does not come up often there do seem to be a few 708s come up for time to time.
I seem to recall reading somewhere that there is a tool that will tell you how many hours (or maybe it was minutes) of use the drive has seen. Does anyone know what this tool is (maybe Plextools Pro) and where I can get it.
Also, I have read that the laser in drives weakens over time (with use) and as it does the drive becomes worse at writing. Does this same concept apply to reading? IOW does a weaker laser have a more difficult time reading than newer (ostensibly more powerful) one?
And lastly can anyone tell me if these drives (Plextor PX-708A) use the same laser for writing as they do for reading. Or are there separate lasers for each task. In the case of the later it would seem that the amount of writing a drive has done would have no impact on its ability to read.