Add me to the list of people whose Plextor 716 drive suddenly stopped working. Long story short, I was about to burn a disc for my friend when I thought to myself â€œHey, I wonder if there is new firmware available". Low and behold, I found 1.10, downloaded it, and flashed the drive. Attempted to burn the disc and Roxio gave me an error that said something like â€œcannot write to file/cannot create fileâ€ (something along those lines). I decided to downgrade to 1.09… still didnâ€™t work. Tried to upgrade again…nothing. Thatâ€™s when I found the forum. I attempted the self-test, and sure enough now Iâ€™m only getting the amber light that blinks three times… I hooked the drive back up to my computer, and now it wonâ€™t read anything. It acts like thereâ€™s not a disc in the drive. So, I figure to heck with it.
To give you a little bit of background… I was using the PX-716UF (USB). Iâ€™ve got a Dell Laptop, so I canâ€™t go internal… (well… I CAN, if I want to order a cheap replacement drive from Ebay…but I really donâ€™t feel like going that route.) Iâ€™m in Japan for the time, so whatever drive I go with is of course going to come with Japanese software…so I thought about sticking with Plextor because I already have the English software I need (that which came with the 716UF). (Iâ€™m not Japanese, so the Japanese software would not do me much good…plus my Windows XP is English)
Iâ€™ve thought about two options. Iâ€™ve been hearing good things about the 760A drive (Since Iâ€™m in Japan, I have the option of going with the 760A or the 760SA). If I go that route, I would be installing the 760 drive into the 716’s enclosure (which I have not heard very good things about). My second option (which is really tempting) is to buy the PX-608CU drive. I have read the review about the PX-608CU and it makes the drive sound just â€œOKâ€. Also, is the PX-608 an â€œofficialâ€ Plextor model? (Iâ€™ve heard a couple of Plextorâ€™s newer models are actually other brands, just â€œre-badgedâ€ so Iâ€™m cautious.) Iâ€™m looking for a good quality drive that will last me a while and make quality burns. Iâ€™m not worried so much about the money nor the speed. (I very rarely burn a DVD above 8x as it is). So, what do you think? Should I go with a 760 model or the 608 model?
The burning software that I will be using is Roxio 7.0. Also, I downloaded the 2.35 upgrade to PlexTools, however, I never used PlexTools when my 716 worked (in fact, I only recently installed it.) However, the â€œauto-strategyâ€ only works with PlexTools installed, is that correct? So, as far as that is concerned…I think Iâ€™ve been burning DVDs this whole time without the Auto-stragety function. (Oh well, it has been giving me good burns regardless) Thanks in advance for any advice you may have.