Good evening everyone! I have a Samsung SuperWriteMaster that is almost 1 year old to the day. A couple of days ago it started making slightly noisier operations that it did before, and a couple of times refused to acknowledge discs inserted. It has now started to refuse to acknowledge any discs inserted, after a short period of stuttering noises. If I click on Windows Explorer, Windows seems to think the drive has a blank disc in it, but wont let me 'burn to it' as it says the disc is write protected??? VideoLAN won't access any discs, the COmmand Prompt doesnt even recognise the drive letter anymore, Microsofts own 'Troubleshooter' tool can't resolve it, and a DVD drive program 'Opti-Drive' refuses to carry out any tests on the drive either. Does anyone else have any ideas or is this a dead drive? Thanks very much for your help.