I’ve been using a Plextor 48/24/48A (the Premium’s predecessor) CDRW drive at the office for quite some time, with great results.
I got and external USB 2.0 enclosure recently, and been using the drive in it since. With great results.
One day that I will always curse, the enclosure accidentally got a shock - while I was writing a CDRW with 10x!
When I took the disc out, it had a narrow circular track on it, like made with sandpaper. It seems the lens touched the disc during the write, because of the mechanical shock.
The disc is of course ruined, but this is nothing compared to what my dear Plextor suffered.
I wrote a Traxdata the other day, and the readback data verification gave two errors towards the end of the disc. Except for those two files, the rest reads ok.
Now I don’t have the courage to back up any of my data on CDs, not even to TDKs or Super AZO Verbatims I usually burn.
Luckily for me, I could ask for an extra drive, so a Plextor 712A DVDRW is coming. When it arrives, I’ll immediately test the 48/24/48A-written discs with Plextools Pro for reliability. If they fail, I’ll use the drive as a last resort backup…
If you read this far, maybe you can give me your opinion: any ideas if the lens is severely damaged? Is it sending the laser all over the disc, making the black, nonreflective disc tray completely obsolete and burning semi-coasters?