I'm looking to buy a new CDRW, and see the LTR-52327S drives are $33.00. Are the new drives without the EEPROM still able to do copy protection like SafeDisk, Securom, and others that my old LTR-32123S could?
Yes, it can do pretty much all of them.
If you wait a while the SOHR-5238S will be out, which MAY have some extra features. All I know is that the drive is at least a bit shorter.