Yes, some drives are crap. This starts with a bad index detection and extends over some strange flux filtering up to completely messed up interfaces that might work with some basic floppy stuff but not when fed with data like replicators did.
We recommend using used drives that were made before 2005. Alps for sure is crap. Might work when reading (although problems might arise here as well) but the real test is writing. There is a reason this took so long. With a good drive you should be able to write every IPF out there.
Apart from that... Enjoy your game! SHO uses weak bits which are impossible to write with standard copiers.