My CDROM is a Gateway. Never had any problems before. Isn't it rather STRANGE that it was Sanitarium for both of us that caused the "explosion?" I would tend to want to say, in that case, that it had something to do with the game itself, not our drives.
I did play Sanitarium once through with no problems, but that has been years ago. I think my computer hardware is all the same except I have a new hard drive.
I do find it curious that Sanitarium is the game that caused the problem BOTH times this unusual thing happened! My game was also purchased brand new a couple of years ago from Amazon, and only played once....not a scratch on it.
PLAYING ON PC: World of Warcraft...nothing else...there is no need for ANY other game when you have THIS one to play!! LOL