A custom firmware could enable features such as extended error tests.
I wonder, why the giant TSST gave up.
In my opinion, all kinds of space storage deserve a place.
But optical media was recnetly improperly marketed, so people partially lost the understanding in how useful it is.
The same could have happened to SSD, but SSD was heavily marketed. It is marketed as if it is the only thing. Especially by Samsung.
SSDs are good for portable computers due to speed, power efficiency and robustness, but not for archival storage (HDD and ODD win here, because flash storage transistors can leak, especially at high data densities). Additionally, SD cards win in cameras and MicroSD in mobile phones (UFS cards soon?) because of compact size and unified shapes. USB sticks are supported everywhere. A computer has multiple ports at least.
There is no such supreme storage technology, because each and every kind of storage technology has it’s individual type of storage has it’s own individual purpose. They should just share the consumer market like DVD-R and DVD+R, unlike HD-DVD, which was kicked out by BD due to improper approach of marketing.
Floppy disks are actually obsolete… Oh, they can still serve purposes and be utilized to store confidential documents, because they are supported nearly nowhere these days, have slow reading speeds, and can be destroyed by water and erased by magnets instantly. Ah yes, true hardware write protection switch unlike MicroSD.
Additionally, no average consumer can afford 10TB of SSD, but eg. 10TB HDD Raid6 among bcache (open-source Linux software) and two 512GB SSDs. Power users and enthusiasts are the minority. We live in a world of Snapchat/DogFilter antisocial iTeenagers, who ruin society. (Nothing against animals).
And Hyun Yeul Lee, the ultimate minimalist, who loves devices, that do less, ruining Samsung in 2015 with her faux philosophy.
I imagine and wonder, how an aircraft’s cockpit designed by her would look like.
But I guess, that hardware capabilities are still preserved in new drives (ability to write CDs), so for experiments, a firmware hack could also enable them.
DVD-RAM high speed variants and CD-RW×32 UltraSpeed+Plus are also as good as gone, and rare on eBay, unfortunately.
The auto-saving feature of MyCE board software saved me twice today.