I just got this drive, and updated the firmware to B3IC (the latest I could find). I’ve noticed that access times are quite long for this drive, requiring several seconds to as much as a half minute of spinup and initial read when a new CD or DVD is popped into the drive. It’s especially noticeable with DVDs that are fully loaded (4.5GiB) with small files (ranging in size between 200K and 20megs), where it takes that half minute on insertion, and another 7 seconds each time a directory change occurs.
On my older DVD-ROM drive (Pioneer 115S) access times on these discs was nearly instantaneous, with the disc ready to go less than 2 seconds after inserting the disc, and no delay when switching directories on the disc. I would have thought that the 8meg buffer would make this drive do much better than this, but this hasn’t been the case so far.
DMA is enabled, Mode 2.
I’m using the included UDMA cable.
OS is winXP.
Drive Firmware is B3IC.
Is this normal for this drive?