UPDATED Nov29/08>Breaking News:Nintendo Now adds Epoxy D2E Chipsets on newest drives.
[ame="http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=aUmqtXouwIM"]YouTube - Canadamods Presents: Epoxy covered D2E Chipset, epoxy removed and modded successfully with D2PRO9[/ame]...
Seems nintendo's newest trick is to add epoxy to the drive. Its a hard epoxy that covers the IC
UPDATED here Nov 29/08
This is the first and only drive I've got like this so far. Most are still fine though, so my recommendation is to pick up a wii asap if you're in the market for one, otherwise it'll be a bit more work to get it modded.
For your picture enjoyment ...video coming soon, youtube is taking forever.