Built a PC about 8 months ago (Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3, Core 2 Duo, etc) with a Liteon for reading/scanning and a Plextor 716SA for writing.
After about 5 months the Plextor stopped working. Contacted support and they sent a replacement 755SA drive. This drive took about two minutes to complete the lead-in and started/stopped 20 times during the burn process. Needless to say, the scans were the worst I’ve ever seen.
Contacted Plextor and followed their suggestions before they concluded there was something wrong with the drive - sent me another 755SA replacement.
I think you can guess where this one is going… The replacement drive is doing almost the same thing - slow lead-in, start/stop, etc. Although, this drive is no where near as bad as the 1st one (about 6 start/stops). However, a 50% quality score (Nero) on Verbatim TYG03 is not what I would call a good result.
a) There’s something wrong with the SATA interface on the motherboard.
b) This is another duff drive. The serial number on the 2nd replacement is only a couple of digits out from the 1st replacement and the manufacture date on both is March 2006.
Has anyone else received a duff PX755SA replacement from Plextor Europe lately or had problems with the DS3 motherboard and Plextor drives?