Buying the Plextor 716SA was one of the most spontaneous decisions I’ve made in buying hardware. I thought the idea of an SATA drive was awesome given my system only has one IDE port on it, and Plextor has always been an measure of quality in the industry - so I thought.
I wish I had done my research. After reading through countless threads, I have to say I’m deeply discouraged. Here is my story.
I bought this drive used, online. (First mistake). I paid $140CND for it which was only slightly below retail back in the summer when I bought it. It had basically sat in a box until I assembled my new rig. I’ve assembled a system around the Shuttle SN25P barebones system, yes, using NForce 4 chipset.
The drive fails to recognize ANY media. I tried to run the self test on it, and it does the three orange blinks indicating the disc isn’t blank. Well, I’ve tried different media right off the spindle, so that’s not the case.
I have tried the drive on 4 different chipsets including the Sil3112 which has been reported to work by some. Same deal. I’m afraid I purchased a dead drive. After regaining contact with the guy who sold it to me - turns out he sold it because he couldn’t get it to work with his NF4. I wish he had said that from the start. Now I’m stuck with this thing, and not really sure what to do.
From the posts here it seems that RMAing the drive simply incurrs shipping costs with no results. More cost on this thing is the last thing I want. The reason I decided to post in in part for suggestions and in part because I had seen some people post with working NF4 systems, yet I haven’t seen anyone with a shuttle (FN25 board, I believe).
Shuttle SN25P (FN25? mobo)
716SA 0304 (Jan 2005), 1.09