Wow! Excellent advice. Thanks everyone.
I do keep my system in tune. Actually, I use my test-system for burning (so I don't tie up our main system, that my wife is usually on!) and I keep it defragged often, even if I don't keep very much real data on it... (but using DVD Shrink ~ Write it, delete it, write it, delete it, LOL)
I'm using NTI CD&DVD-Maker as my burning software, and have been very pleased with it's performance. Also using a relatively cheap Sony for my burner (I don't know the model offhand) but It's been cranking out burns quite nicely.... when I choose the right speeds for the media... I'll stick with it, till it dies, then I'll come back here and check out the recommendations.
Eric... Is the "Inland Empire" that you reference, the one in my back yard of The O.C. ? I don't know of another Inland Empire 'cept for where Riverside/Ontario/Etc. are ~ I use to live there in the late 80's
Thanks for the recommendation on disks, curious about why you choose - instead of + (I know, that question has probably been beaten to death here!) I did some research once, and was under the impression that + had a more stable "feel" amongst the community. I don't know ~ My research led me both ways with every other article/post...
Scoobie... I think I'll adopt your advice as my standard starting point of choosing one step less then the highest speed, and go from there. My opposite approach doesn't seem to pan out well, so thanks!
Thanks everyone, glad I joined.