Just to let you guys know… I have tried to burn 4 DVDs at once on my new computer with 3 Samsung SH-203B’s and 1 Pioneer DVR-212, all on SATAs of course. As I have read that setting burners to SATA slave, should not mean a thing, I have some proofs to the contrary.
3.0GHz Core2Duo, on Asus P5K3 mobo, on IDE-mode, Nero 188.8.131.52
SATA1 (master): WDC Raptor 150GB
SATA2 (master): Samsung SH-203B FW: S203B.SB01-2.patched-fr
SATA3 (slave): Samsung SH-203B FW: S203B.SB01-2.patched-fr
SATA4 (master): Samsung SH-203B FW: S203B.SB01-2.patched-fr
SATA5 (master): Pinoeer DVR-212 FW: 1.24
I found out that test mode in Nero doesn’t mean a thing, so this is actual burns, not simulation-mode tests:
TEST 1: Burned 4.4GB video data on all 4 burners. Took 1 hour.
TEST 2: Burned 4.4GB video data on SATA2 & SATA3 sammys: 15% burned over 6 mins. I aborted the burning.
TEST 3: Burned 4.4GB video data on SATA2 & SATA4 sammys: Burning finished in 5:45.
So apparently as I see it, SATA master & slave positions matter, and are not only about if the drives can boot up from BIOS or not… As I have read all places so far in this forum…