I have a Pioneer 212D DVD-RW SATA 18x. It's in my custom-built beast of a computer that I bought a month ago. The drive is plugged into the SATA II port on my ASUS Commando motherboard, using a y-cable with my hard-drive for port 1 and 2. I am running Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit.
I had the PC custom built by an OEM distributor, so most things were up and running when it arrived (saved me a weekend of installing stuff). The only problem I have is the DVD-RW drive keeps getting "Read-Failure" errors intermittently. The following has occurred:
1. I put in a CD into the drive (could be a driver disk to install something) and nothing happens. The light doesn't come on and all I hear is a clicking sound, like the head is moving but the disk is not spinning.
2. If I eject the disk by pressing the button with my finger, and try again, the disk reads ok as though nothing happens. It doesn't appear to be reading at the fastest speed and seems to be in go-slow mode. But at least it works.
3. I try to rip some music using Easy CD-DA Extractor. This really shows the problem. Either nothing happens at all (like problem 1), or it rips the first couple of tracks at lightening speed, then stops and thinks about it while the hard-drive is thrashing away. Then it goes into go-slow mode for a few more tracks. A minute or so later it stops, with the hard-drive light fully on, but with the DVD-RW light off. Clicking noise again!
4: (rarely) Work as though there is nothing wrong.
Is this a software or hardware problem? Could it be the SATA II controller is overloaded or something? I have searched for issues with Windows Vista and applied a number of fixes - including updating the registry and try re-installing the drive. But they don't work.
Should I remove the y-cable and get the hard-drive working on port 1 and the DVD-RW on port 3 to be sure? I thought these types of SATA cables can handle two devices ok. I've never had a SATA drive before (too many years using laptops). Could this y-cable be inadvertently sharing only 1 port so that the drives are competiting with each other?
I hope it isn't the hardware. In my experience hardware usually works or it doesn't. It seems really strange that it can work like a dream one minute, but then stop the next.