Summary: was this done on purpose or did the black ones run out and they just gave me white, cuz I specifically ordered a black one but when opened box it was all white.. which doesnt match my computer..
Summary: I bought it 3/11/2012, and it died last weekend, 4 months only. This is one of the shortest burner I had used and actually I only use it as reader. My other burner usually burn at least one hundred discs before going to the trash bin. But for this one, I only burned no more than 15 CD/DVD because I start to use cheap hard drive as backup solution. Very disappointed, now I need to purchase a new burner...
Summary: Don't get me wrong it works... I used it for like 3 minutes then said no way. This was shocking to me for a Sony drive. Maybe I got a bad one but this drive was insanely loud. Loudest drive I've ever heard and I've been around computers my whole life and I work in the IT field. I was installing my chipset drivers for my new MOBO and was really afraid it might break the disk as I've seen happen before. I put a stop to it and was not going to risk it.
Summary: I got this drive as a replacement for my old Sony drive. Unfortunately it does not work with my Sony provided Nero software. So I will have to get a true Sony drive. The Optiarc appears to be manufactureced by NEC which was acquired by Sony. Amazon should not list this as s Sony frive.