Hi, I hadn't found a solultion to why my Sony burner was taking over 5X longer to read and to write an average size flick. Sometime later the whols PC started running like molasses. I asked around an everyone said replace the HD. OK, this Pavilion is a nice machine, especially as our #2 computer.
We replaced the stock 60 GB HD with a 120 GB unit that came with a 3 yr. warranty. Immediately the HP started cranking out fast speed and when I tested a film it was back to its old Sony self. I am very impressed in the fix I got for $83 with S&H. I installed the internal unit myself.
Sony, no baloney!