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Windows 7: My Older PC Copied DVDs Faster ...


13 Aug 2011   #1

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My Older PC Copied DVDs Faster ...

Hi all,

I just upgraded systems, went to an i7, and I've noticed that when I do simple DVD copies ... using the system cd/dvd drive as the source and an external DVD burner (USB connected) for the target disc, it will take roughly 8 minutes.

My old system (a Quad Core) could do the same process in roughly 6 minutes.

I've read up a bit on DMA vs. PIO settings, though I can't seem to find out which setting my new system is on.

Both the old and new systems are Gateways, by the way.

Any insight would be helpful ... I do a lot of DVD copying (all legal).

Thanx in advance,
-C4D


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13 Aug 2011   #2

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Just for the record, slower burns are more reliable and last longer.
Burning at insane speeds is not actually a good thing.
The speed of the dvd drive determines the maximum burn speed, it has absolutely nothing to do with your processor so long as it's a p4 or better. If I had to guess there is a limitation in the external device you are using.

That being said have you tried just using a free software that will let you choose the burn speed?
CDBurnerXP: Free CD and DVD burning software
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13 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7
 
 

You can switch the settings.

But it is better to go slow

Try img burn.
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13 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Definitely agree with the slower burn.

Better that than a ruined disk.
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13 Aug 2011   #5

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From what I'm seeing online most usb burners have a slightly lower max speed than the built ins.
This could be because of power restrictions or something, I don't know.
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14 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
That being said have you tried just using a free software that will let you choose the burn speed?
CDBurnerXP: Free CD and DVD burning software
I tried CDBurnerXP. I wanted to copy a CDROM with audio on it. The copy process took over an hour and had errors.

I've just gotten Nero 9 (Windows 7 updated). Haven't tried it yet, but I hope can do better than 1+ hours for a simple CD copy.
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14 Aug 2011   #7

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Well as I said it would seem usb drives are generally just slower as well.
There's several things to consider in your specific circumstances.
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14 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
Well as I said it would seem usb drives are generally just slower as well.
There's several things to consider in your specific circumstances.
My setup, unlike the OP, is an internal drive in my Panasonic Toughbook W8.
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14 Aug 2011   #9

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I use cdburnerxp to rip and burn all the time, I think the entire process takes about 6 or 8 minutes.
Mind you I'm actually ripping the disc, taking it out and then putting in a blank.
It's also not a laptop though.
You may want to check your laptop's power settings. If it's set to conserve power (and most of them are by default)
It can slow things down to a crawl. Especially high power functions like burning.
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15 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Using Nero 9, I just copied an audio disk (recorded book). It took just over 20 minutes to read and then write a CD-R. My laptop is set for maximum performance. Seems like it should be faster. But it's way faster than CDBurnerXP on my machine.

Nero speed text says average spead is 15x. Random access 180ms, full 350. Burst rate 19MB/sec.
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