I just did a self diagnostic test on my Plextor Premium because it started getting ‘Power Calibration Errors’. The test came out postive (write errors). This is the 3rd Plextor that died on me because of a stupid ‘Power Calibration Error’ My first plextor was a 48/24/48 which died of a PCE and now my Premium. My PX-708 died awhile back ago (read errors) because it lost the ability to read CD-RWs. All Plextors I used die right after the 1 year warranty. I feel like Plextor purposely timed the death of their drives right after 1 year so we have to go out and buy new ones.
The only drive that isn’t dead right now and fully functional is my PX-716A but with my experience with the past 3 drives it’s not long that my 716 starts erroring on me.
We pay a premium price for these drives and they only last a little over a year. Just look at how many threads and posts there are about people RMAing their drives. A good drive manufacturer shouldn’t have a mile long list of people RMAing their drives. I’m going BenQ/Lite-On/or some other brand from now on. Screw Plextor, Plextor can go burn in hell and I hope you guys go bankrupt by the end of this year cause your drives seriously SUCK!