Though not conclusive evidence, I did a lot of Googling yesterday and concluded that Mad Dog likely went under from a series of law suits, mostly from suppliers, from what it looked like. Likely, for not paying their bills.
Given how long these lawsuits have been coming – many were from 2005 – my guess is that there wasn’t any money to “take” and run with. They probably just ran out of cash flow from their lenders, who are undoubtedly getting way more conservative after the sub-prime mortgage crisis.
Given the retail prices I’ve seen on their products over the years, they probably were just priced too low to make money.
Personally, I’ll probably just abandon my two Mad Dog DVD-RW drives, giving them to any of my friends or family who want to use them in XP machines. I’m just not prepared to face the risk of spending my life chasing down weird errors in Vista using them as Mad Dog drives. Or try and figure out how to make them look like NEC ND-3550A’s to Vista. They were such a small investment, I’ve more than made my value back from usage. Plus, I’ve switched to external hard drives for Archiving and Backup, so no longer use DVDs for storage.