Difficult to try in another computer, my bro works all different hours and never answers the phone, my parents system is totally buried way down in their desk, huge hassle having to pull it out to get anywhere near it, most of my friends don't have a computer (they're more into bikes and bars, mid life crisis').
I tried a litey 124-04w and Asus 24B1ST both were disasters, far worse than this 524-98A.
HT has been off mostly, I tried it a time or 2 and didn't help.
I'm more than 1/2 convinced it's not the drive(s) and something wonky is happening with my system, now that I've been messing with it for 2+ weeks. but sfc \scannow came back with no errors and it's very stable.
And I'm more than 1/2 convinced it won't complete a burn unless I clear OPC first, not sure OHT is helping, a few with it off finished with no banding, but scanned even worse. I think I got 3 that are passable and 15 verb dl coasters, here's one with HT/OHT off after clearing OPC. My TY 8x are burning ok (but didn't with the other drives). I got another Verb +R Spindle today, again from amazon (because I had some $ in my account), partial burn... I don't think it's the discs but who knows at this point, nothing makes any difference (all the things I've tried are in previous messages in this NEW thread).