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[QUOTE=iceburg;2024740]1. Should I get the new or used?[/QUOTE]
The original Plextor drives like the 760 offer some unique functionality you’ll not find in any other drives. So the question is, do you need any of it? Anyway the question is what you need the drive to do. If writing CDs is of any concern for you i’d recommend the Plextor WAY OVER the Liteon, for example.
[QUOTE=iceburg;2024740]2. Any recomendations or success stories from Ebay?[/QUOTE]
I’ve had no problems so far. But then it all depends on ones ability to recognize the lemons.
[QUOTE=iceburg;2024740]3. How long does the Liteon scan take- I know Plextor could be very long- around an hour?[/QUOTE]
Liteon scans are usually done at 4x and can also be done at 8x. Liteon scans do PIE/PIF in the same run and need an extra run for Jitter. Plextor scans are done at 2x (can be done faster with specific soft- and firmware) and you need 3 runs for PIE/POE/POF, PIF/POF and Beta/Jitter. The PI/PO parts of these can be made faster with an accuracy setting in Plextools (enlarges the scan interval, results are a bit lower in total error count but still reliably shows spikes and the like). IMHO Plextor scans are slower but more complete and reliable. The Plextor also scans CDs, the Liteon doesn’t. Also i’d like to note that the Liteon is an extremely tolerant (good) DVD reader and thus shows notoriously low error counts. IMHO a drive used for scanning should be able to be ‘critical’. A good reader will give you no warning of (future) potential problem zones.