Greets everyone, I've been surfing these forums for some time and now that I am in a position to be a hardware enthusiast again I figured joining this community was far too long in the making. My thanks for the breadth and depth supplied and discussed here.
Pleasantries aside, I find myself scratching my head over the word reliability and how it pertains to Lite-On drives. In the past (being pre 2004 when I was still in the business of PCs) I found Lite-Ons to be among the best in terms of longevity and simply the most adept readers in existence:clap: reading through discs that locked up most other drives. My experience with recent drives has been a bunch of sour grapes. I had several shw1635 drives due via RMA and all 3 died the same way, after a couple months of usage they would become progressively noisier with a disc spun up and read slower while not being able to write at all on CD or dvd - media. Then again, the +R discs, although always recognized, would start to burn and fail or kick out a disc unplayable in standalones and unreadable data content for the PC end. I was taken aback and simply gave up on this model and didn't buy another LTN for a while.
The other modern drive I had was 20a1L drive. The first had difficulties recognizing media and within weeks:rolleyes: refused to Lightscribe anything. I ordered up an RMA drive and in less than a year it, too, died.:doh: I still have a Samsung 203n which has seen more burning action (I do a lot of DL's and the Samsung:cool: produces a good disc every time, no matter what I try to feed it) purchased at the same time as the original, non replacement unit. To put this all in scope I am good for 100-200 DL burns a month. I have a dedicated Plextor 8x4x32:kiss: which astonishingly is still producing the best quality cda discs of all the drives I have in my lot in a Pentium Pro nostalgia box.
My thoughts are that it is curious to have retail boxed LTNs drop out so soon no matter what the going price. I need to buy a scanning drive that won't give out the ghost when I ask it to rip potentially a dozen discs a week while infrequently burning (d<4) but I realize that my expectations in drive build could very easily be outdated. Given the pricing of the units, I would say I expect that these drives are just not built the way they once were, no matter how much the Plextor name times to extract for a rebadge.
To the heart of the matter I have these questions:
What kind of service life are you seeing out of your lite-ons? Of drives in general? Please reference the kind of duty drives are being subjected to:Light, med, heavy, etc.
How does one distiguish what is the top end internal Lite-On drive model currently available? The naming conventions seem to vary but the price difference and feature set similarities between models doesn't help at all. All things considered, I'll end up buying the "top tier" drive simply because it is and the price difference is negligible.
For the currently Newegg and Mwave available drives, I seem to think the ihas422 drives are the ones to get. Is there another model I should be buying for its primary role of scanner and jack of all formats writer?
I have read the answer to this question a number of times before but since we're here I am going to ask... is there any other game for scanning drives? Pros and cons with them?