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Windows 7: Samsung External DVD Writer Very Slow

26 May 2015   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

@Layback Bear Sorry if I came across as impatient or unappreciative, that's certainly not how I typed that message. I merely meant that I did know and I wasn't snapping at anyone for suggesting something I already knew.

@AddRAM I don't know if you can get hold of eSATA DVD writers, I can't find any. I don't want to return my drive just yet as works fine, it's just slow at ripping CD's but this might be an easily solvable software issue rather than hardware seeing as the CDRLabs review suggested they got maximum read speeds.

I have emailed Samsung support about this and also posted a thread on the CDRLabs forum, I just thought perhaps there was a Windows-specific solution I could find.

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26 May 2015   #12

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AfxTwn View Post
I have emailed Samsung support about this and also posted a thread on the CDRLabs forum, I just thought perhaps there was a Windows-specific solution I could find.
Good luck.
BTW I see nothing wrong with USB 2 for CD/DVD operation. USB 2 has a max I/O of 480 Mbits/s. DVD write speed x1 is 11 Mbits/s and pushing it to x16 you are way under the limit. I have a couple of USB 2 externals I use occasionally and find the CD/DVD I/O speed the limiting factor not the USB 2 port.
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26 May 2015   #13

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

I can only give you my personal opinion,

I guess you already have checked if there's a firmware update available for your writer.

Now, i have tested 2 internal samsung dvd writers already and both are slow, that's the Samsung way, you mentioned your previous driver was fast which brand was it?
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27 May 2015   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I just did a test using Opti Drive Control and was surprised by the results. Anyway, the average speed was 13.95x, start 9.07x and end 18.57x. This was done with a standard pressed audio CD in the drive for an album from this year as I know some older CD's are slower anyway. I didn't get anywhere near the maximum even with the end speed and the average was still slower than I expected. Having said that, the speed from the test was a lot faster than when using iTunes where I get an average of 5.1x so I'm not sure what's going on.

I have checked the firmware and have the latest version for the drive. I don't know what model my last drive was but I think possibly Hitachi but I can't remember. It looks like there's something making iTunes read the CD's at a slower rate and I need to try and solve that, failing that then I maybe need to look at getting a better external drive although I'm not sure what and would be reluctant at buying something else if there is a software issue that's stopping any drive from performing at good speeds in iTunes.

I just read a few reviews of the drive on Amazon and some people are saying this drive needs a Y-USB cable to provide enough power for it but that this is only necessary if you don't have USB 3.0. I am using the supplied mini USB to normal USB cable and have connected it to a USB 3.0 port but haven't seen any difference in speed when compared with using a single USB 2.0 port. Just wondered if using a Y-USB cable could have any bearing on speed?

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