I can't comment on the DM +9 drives sold in other regions, but the nine drives I purchased in the past six months do not have write verification enabled. These include 1 x 80, 2 x 120, 1 x 160, and 5 x 200 GB drives all with 8 MB caches, save one 120 GB drive. The earliest of these DM Plus 9 drives was made in November (IIRC) and the latest in May. Why Maxtor would bring back this feature and not provide a utility to disable it is beyond me. It especially does not make sense for retail drives, often installed by inexpert consumers.