Iâ€™m sure this is a much more basic question than this board is used to getting, but I need to know how long it should take to write a DVD?
(By the way, I did try the search function before I posted this as I am sure this must have been discussed at some time, but for some reason it wasnâ€™t working.)
Specifically I just purchased a DVD writer and Iâ€™m not trying to do anything sophisticated like copy a Movie DVD or anything like that, Iâ€™m just trying to back up my data files, and while I have been successful at actually copying files to a DVD, itâ€™s taking what I think is an awfully long time, but I really have no idea how long it should take.
The DVD writer is a Pioneer DVR-710. At least thatâ€™s what the box says although Nero Info Tool identifies it as a Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-111D. Firmware version shows 1.23 which is the current version according to Pioneerâ€™s site. I have the writer hooked up as the secondary, or slave, on my #2 IDE channel because there is a previously installed CD writer in the primary, or master, position
The disks I am writing to are 4X DVD+RW. Purchased at Fryâ€™s electronics, they carry the GQ label, but Nero Info Tool identifies them as OPTODISK OP4. It further states that they support 4X to 2.4X speeds.
The software I am using to burn with is Nero Express from Nero OEM v. 6.6.
If it matters, my computer is a home build with the following specifications:
Via P4XB-SA motherboard with P4X-266A chipset.
Via 4 in 1 drivers v. 4.33
P4 2.4 GHz processor (Northwood core)
1 GB PNY PC3200 DDR RAM
Western Digital 100GB Ultra DMA/100 hard drive
nVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 graphics card
Creative Audigy 2zs sound card
Windows XP home edition SP1
As I said above I need to know about how long it should take to burn a backup data DVD of, say, 4GB using the above mentioned DVD+RWâ€™s, writer, and software? I need to determine if I am getting something at least close to the speed I should, or not, because if not I want to return the writer while there is still time.
If I am not getting the speed I should is it possible that having the DVD writer connected in the slave position could be a problem?
Oh, one other thing that seems kind of strange to me and I wonder if someone could tell me if this it proper, or not.
When I click on My Computer, if there is no disk in the writer, it shows up as DVD-RW Drive (E:), but if there is a disk in the drive it shows up as CD Drive (E:). Shouldnâ€™t it always identify as a DVD Drive?
Thanks for your help.