Using my new Lite-On DH20A4P to do some burns. My main reason for buying this drive is that I need to speed up my DVD burns, and I was hoping for it to be a fairly painless "plug-and-play" type operation.
I am very disappointed to find that Nero 7 still lists a max burn speed of 4x (same as my old drive), and -- now that I enabled realtime speed reporting -- appears to not even do that, most of the time.
My first step after doing a basic "wtf" google search was to read the thread about C0deKing's firmware patches for this drive (and let me pause for a moment to throw a his way!)
I flashed my firmware to the 20A4P.9P59S.patched-fbl-eos-eoht version. No probs with that, except I still don't get any faster burning options. (Yes, I opted to do the firmware thing without even trying other stuff for several reasons: #1 people were raving about it; #2 it's the middle of the night and it's more feasible (not to mention inexpensive) at the moment to DL a patch from the 'Net than it is to procure new burning software or media.)
I am burning UDF (data) DVDs.
I am using some cheesy CompUSA-brand (or worse) media, but I noted in the firmware thread that many people seem to be getting fine results with "junk" media.
I would like to know where to begin to speed up my burns, as I have tons of data that I would like to move to offline storage, and 13.5 min. per 4.3GB just isn't cutting it; conservatively assuming I have â‰ˆ.5TB of stuff to move off, I'd be looking at over 2 solid days of burning! Yikes!
I am hoping to be able to attack the possible aspects of the issue in roughly the following order, but of course will consider and appreciate any advice at all:
- some magical setting in my burning software, the drive/firmware, or windows
- some "better" (i.e. more-capable) burning software, preferably FOSS.
Of course, while 20x would be ideal, even 8x (or 4.1x!) would be a helpful improvement!
Thanks in advance for any advice!
P.S. - One bit of good news is that my old burner wouldn't even burn to this media, so... I guess that's a plus (seeing as the spindle of 100 apparently cost about $70 when it was bought several years ago.)