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So far, I've only used the drive in read mode. And it's working fine in read mode. I 've yet to try burns.
There were no claims in the product listing with respect to operational noise. But I had hoped that since this drive reads/runs at about 1/2 the speed of a full height modern optical drive, maybe it might be fairly quiet in operation. This is not the case though, as it is nearly just as noisey in operation as a full size 48x optical drive. With both spin and seek noises present in operation.
If you plan to use this drive in a Desktop situation, be aware slim optical drives take a mini-sata connector, or msata as it is sometimes called - which is different from a regular sata connector, and different from a micro-sata connector. The drive is a 5-1/4 drive bay space-saver, but I 'd recomment looking elsewhere if you wish for a quiet optical drive solution.
Package was well packed, air bags all over, separate box just for my oem cpu, shrouded in air bags as well. No movement during shipping. Went with ground shipping arrived in 3 days. Spent the extra 5 ... (more)