I just built myself a new pc and I bought a ‘novatech’ brand DVD rom drive to go it so that it would be easier to copy stuff from that to my (as yet not purchased) dual layer dvd writer.
It’s actually a Sony DDU 1615 16x DVD rom drive. This is the first dvd rom drive I’ve owned, and it seems very slow. My dad has a pc with a 16x DVD+R burner which can burn a disc in 5 minutes or so. Yet to copy the same data from the same disc onto my hard drive (and my hard drive is not slower, if anything it is faster) using my Sony DVD rom drive takes 11 minutes.
Is it normal for a 16x DVD rom drive to take 11 or 12 minutes to transfer the contents of a DVD+R or DVD-R to a (SATA 2, 7200 rpm, 16mb cache) hard drive? I notice the PC also seems to hang for a few seconds before it actually is able to open the disc from the dvd-rom drive.
It doesn’t make any sense to me that reading and copying should be half the speed of actually burning a disc.