Hello, I have a plextor 708a running through a USB 2.00 external casing and it has been working perfectly well now for about 9 months. Within the last week the drive itself has become more noisey and to be honest about 80% of the DVDs I am burning are comming out as coasters. To add insult to injury the drive is making coasters of CDs.
I am using 5.x something of nero and as I say all has been fine. Even after upgrading to SP2 on XP it was fine.
As I say the drive is more noisey and it is generating a clicking noise (as soon as I hear I know the disk is unsuable). When looking at the disks it looks like the rings of saturn where there are gaps where the information should be.
I was running 1.04 firmware and I am using Datasafe Ritek G04 disks all which I have had no problems with in the past.
I am hoping that this is something trivial as it needs cleaning but any help or other things to try would be greatly appreciated.
P.S if it is cleaning can anybody suggest the best way to do this (product etc)
I hope someone can help.
**** Note: I have just read another thread about DMA and PIO stuff and dirty disks. I will check this as well as I have been reading information from some scratched disks recently (which takes a while) so the settings may have changed. ****