Okay I've gone through some of the posts here and have some questions. I just got this NEC 3520 and don't know which firmware to use either beta, modified, or final, which one do you recommend? I am currently usually using Ritek R03 +R until my 100-PK spindle runs out. When it does run out, which media is good on the NEC 3520? Also what is all this talk about comparing the drives when they are black or beige, does that make a difference in how they write? Any posts would be appriciated.