Original posted by rtcatzrt600
i would think that the hdd shouldn't be slow because it is partitioned and my files that i burn are on a different partition than the os. maybe my comp is just too slow being only 1ghz. could it be that my ide cable is only 40 pin? i have read that you need 80 pin (which is misleading because an 80 pin is only really a 40 pin with 80 conductors).
The fact that you've 2 partitions on your single HD does not help. It means that the disk heads have to go back & forth over the platters when switching between OS & data files.
For your HD you really do need an 80pin cable, in fact I use nothing else regardless of whether its for HD or optical devices. Make sure you use quality cables.
Regarding the burst rate, I'd say it's fine. That's all l get from UDMA2 devices such as Benq 1620/LG4163 etc which are all very capable 16x burners.
The SIL based cards & those with CMD chips seem to work fine. My SIL card supports UDMA2 for my LG4163 but only MWDMA2 for my Benq.
I don't think that'll help though as the HD I/O is probably the bottleneck.