I bought the 7240S, 7260S, and a 22xLG burner recently. ALL have started to fail within 1-3 months. On many occasions the computer would not recognize them, have to reboot for them to show up. Other times windows media player freezes and completely locks up the computer upon launch (when there are media disks in the drives). Other times I just get constantly skipping playback.
I rmaed the 7240s, now the replacement one is showing signs of failure too. So that's 4 drives.
The last time I bought dvd burners was back in 2006, and those two (liteon and LG) lasted me 4 years.
Are the oem internal burners built to fail quickly? Are the manufactures trying to focus on external drives/blue ray drives instead?