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I have both a Samsung SH-S162A DVD Writer and a MadDog (can't remember the model/look it up) DVD Writer. Both are rated for 16x SL speed. When using the Samsung drive and 16x media, I am only getting 4x speed but burning the same data on the same media with the MadDog I get 10x speed or better. I am burning from a RAID-0 config so the hard drives can't in any way be the problem. The two drives are on separate IDE channels. Are there any software tweaks I should look for to get this other drive up to speed? Thanks for your help!

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SATA drives would be a smart idea..
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not that I know of.

I believe that the drivers rated SPEED IS FAR UNDER ITS average SPEED. wHAT ARE THE Drives cache?
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SATA drives would be a smart idea..
I don't think a DVD burner saturates an IDE controller, the only REAL benefit is the smaller cable....

As for buffers, I believe both are 2MB (the MadDog is for sure), and both are working in DMA2 mode according to Device Manager so its nothing too obvious like that.
    
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Burn speeds can also vary depending on the format of the disc, weather it's + or -. Most DVD burners state their maximum burn speed, but it doesn't mean that they can burn all types of media at the maximum speed supported by the blank disc.
post #6 of 14
what kind of IDE cables are you using?

other then the samsung and the maddog on those two IDE channels are there any other drive?

(you don't have two IDE drives striped across those two controllers with the dvd rws slaved to them do you?)
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I don't know exactly about both the IDE cables, but I know the MadDog is on either a 100 or 133 for sure, and like I said both are running DMA 2, or would the cable still restrict it then? I will look around for a better cable somewhere, I'm sure I have one. Each drive is on its own cable, all of the hard drives are on SATA.
    
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well, they're ribbon cables right? not rounded cables right?
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One is a rounded cable one is a ribbon cable (by rounded I mean its an IDE cable thats been wrapped in rubber to make it more air-flow friendly). Is that what you're asking?
    
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are your harddrives sata raid? or ide raid? lol.

I know it sounds dumb, but both are possible...and ide raid would kill your burning performance.
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