Thanks, I loaded the 2.F8_Qb3 flash and it reads almost twice as fast. It seems to max out at 5.5x at it shows on the attached screen shot. I'm guessing the limitation is not the transfer rate of the DVD to the harddrive? I don't have much of choices for the IDE channels, being a laptop. I'm building a new machine with Dual CPU, and a RAID 0 system on SATA II, I know this burner would run faster, that being said, would a newer burner out performe this one on the new system....out perform enough to warrent getting a new burner? I'm not trying to cut corners, but no use in buying something i don't need.