What is the average lifespan of an optical drive these days? I have gone through 3 optical drives (all combo drives) in the past 12 months. 2 HPs and the latest, lasting a grand total of 3 months, was an LG H10L drive which I am actually going to attempt to follow through with the manufacturers warranty. The latest one stopped working while playing GTA 3, started making "clicking" noises while trying to read the disc, locking the game up because of the delay. (Don't you love copy protection?) This is most likely not a power supply or computer issue, as I ended up replacing the PSU when the first drive failed, and this latest drive was part of my brand new computer that I have built.