“Get another PATA drive” reminds me…
We did get a handful of PIONEER A-118s and have unpleasant results from 3 (almost half) of them. If a disk is mis-set on the tray and the tray is sucked in (by the slightest jarring), the Pioneer will grab a mis-set disk and spin it out of control and ‘explode it’ inside the drive, shattering it into hundreds of shards. It’s amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it.
When it happened the first time, we were all rather disbelieving - “just one of those things.”
When the second unit did it, and then the third, we knew we should consider the A-118s with the greatest of concerns. The Burned Products, and Reads, are just fine. But these Pioneer 118s seem to display that awful self-closure ability (a cloud passes before the sun and that drive will slam itself shut, apparently) AND then the ability to grab a mis-fed disk and STILL spin it. I’ve never seen any drive do that before - usually if a disk is mis-set on the tray, other Pioneers, LiteOns, Plextors and Sonys will pop the tray back out.
IF these 118s were my only choice, then I’d probably buy another one but I’d remember to be incredibly careful about setting disks on its tray especially if the tray has demonstrated a slamming self-closure behavior.