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mackem28

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:confused: I am currently trying to run two HD's a DVD Writer and a DVD reader. I have them setup as follows :-

IDE1 ---------- ----------- IDE2
System HD (Master) Data HD (Master)
DVD Writer (Slave) DVD Reader (Slave)

The only problem I'm aware of is my DVD Writer's inability to write at anything faster than 2x (It is an Emprex DVD Dual 8x), and I am wondering whether my setup configuration is contributing to/causing this.

Is this setup the best formation or is there a way to setup more efficiently.

I ask in ignorance and with gratitude.

ps

Windows XP Home - P4, 2.4 - 512ddr

thank you
 
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Hi mackem28,

Your config seems OK.
The speed of burning DVD or CD is depending on the drivers of your burning device, the software you are using to burn, the way you burn (direct copy from DVD to DVD), the type of data to be copied, ...
I suggest you before burning a DVD to get off line, to switch off anti-virus, firewall, anti-spyware and all unnecessary processes.
If you want to duplicate a DVD, prefer the use of image instead the direct copy.
 
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Also a big factor to remember is that it will only write at the speed the disk is capable of. Some disks will not even write at the speeds they are advertised at. Some dvd drives are very particular on the disks (brand) you use also.
 
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Are you sure that the disks are rated at 8X??? My undrstanding is that they are rare on the market.
 

mackem28

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Sorry to mislead but the disks are 4x. I'm just considering that the writer could be a dork and that I should return it to the store. If I've made no obvious errors in my setup, that is probably what I should do.
 

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You may want to try another brand of DVD-R/+R as mentioned above and see if there's any difference. You can also check for Firmware updates to your DVD burner.

Another posibility, although your setup should be fine, is to put the DVD burner as Master all by itelf on the Secondary IDE and leave the fourth drive disconnected and do a burn off the Primary master of Slave hard drives to see if there's any speed change.
 
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