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I have a LiteON SOHW 1673S DVD/CD burner, which I just tried to use to burn a set of backup disks with Dantz Retrospect Express. After an hour on the first disk and very near the capacity of it, I got an error -206, which said that it had failed either due to bad media or a dirty or damaged head. I ran my cleaning disk, and then ran Nero CD-DVD Drive speed on a movie DVD. That sailed through all of the phases of testing, until the last one for CPU utilization at 8x. It then also popped an error saying: "L-EC uncorrectable error (031105). I Googled for this, and all that I found indicated that the drive was probably dying. I just sent an email to LiteON tech support, but judging from my experience from other companies, I may have to wait some time for an answer, and then it may not be of much use. I'm really hoping that someone here can shed some light on this.
 

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Thanks, but I don't think it's worth the funeral. I've been trying to decide about a replacement. I know that BenQ is now popular, but I'm not sure which model is best? I came across a Samsung which had better speed performance than anything I had known about, but have no idea of how good it is? If I can find the link again, I would like to get your opinion.
 

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But do you know anything about the drive? And since I did get this from a link of your's in the " help with upgrade in choice" thread, I was wondering if you know anything about the vendor?
 
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seekermeister said:
But do you know anything about the drive? And since I did get this from a link of your's in the " help with upgrade in choice" thread, I was wondering if you know anything about the vendor?
Drive is great I have a few and I have bought from this vendor many times, they ship quick and clean.
 

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I got a response from Liteon, but as expected, it seemed to be a form response, rather than specifically answering my questions. It did provide a link to some firmware that wasn't available through their download wizard. They also wanted me to uninstall all burner software, except Nero..that I would not do. If there is some kind of compatability problem with the programs that I choose, then I'm not compatable with the drive.

I flashed the drives, and tried retrospect again, but again I got the same error as before. So I ran Nero Drive Speed again. This time it had no problem with the test. So I went to Retrospect Knowledge Base and found the error, here is what it said:

Recovering from Error 206, Media Failure

Retrospect reports error -206, media failure, when it is unable to properly read or write data to your backup set. In most cases this error indicates that the backup media has a failed or contains a damaged block, so that the backup device simply cannot read a portion of your data. Error -206 is reported to you via a dialog and an entry in Retrospect?s operations log. This technical note helps you determine what to do after you receive an error -206.

If you are backing up

If you encounter error -206 while backing up, the first thing to do depends upon your backup set type:

CD/DVD:

Try a different piece of media. Usually error -206 with a CD/DVD drive simply indicates a failure on the media you are writing to. Be sure to do all backups with verification enabled, to ensure that your data is properly written to your discs. If no errors occur with other physical discs, it is likely that the original disc simply has a failure and should be discarded or cleaned.

To clean a disc, look at the disc and verify that there is no dirt, dust, or other foreign matter on the disc surface. Sometimes you will find an obvious physical cause to a media failure through visual examination. Be very careful to not scratch the disc, and do not touch the flat surface with your fingers. We recommend using a can of compressed air to blow a disc clean. Your CD/DVD drive vendor may have specific recommendations for cleaning discs; review the materials you received with the drive, check the vendor?s web site, or contact the vendor for advice. After inspecting and/or cleaning the disc, the disc may be usable for future backups.
This makes it appear that the problem is most likely due to media rather than the drive. My media is new, clean and undamaged, so I'm suspecting that it is a matter of the basic quality of the media instead. The media that I have, I got from CompUSA during one of their sales, but I think that I may have gotten what I paid for.

Before buying a new drive, I'm going to buy some more media. Any suggestions on which I should buy?
 
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