Had to rebuild my machine recently and while copying mp3 DVD backups to my hard drive I noticed it not only took forever (forty minutes average) but practically froze my machine - I could do virtually nothing else. Programs took forever to load and my mouse skipped across the screen. I finally ran some Nero CD-DVDSpeed tests and noticed I’m getting some insanely crappy performance. I start at about 3.15-3.19x and, after about a gig to a gig-and-a-half of transfers, it plummets to 1.91x. Always 1.91x. And that’s how it ends.
And this is not a good graph either. The line dips, over and over, becoming incredibly jagged. I’ve tried all the usual fixes. I am a legitimate technoweenie, and have not skimped on testing and experimenting. Everything’s full UDMA… all good there. Firmware’s all up-to-date. IDE connections, power connections, jumper settings: check, check, check. Good.
I’ve looked at various becnhmarking sites just as a frame of reference and see transfer datagrams of between 4 and 6x for my same model. Any ideas as to the incredibly crappy performance?? Here’s my machine specs…
Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Northwood (800MHz FSB)
1GB (2Ã—512MB) Corsair XMS PC3200 RAM, DDR400MHz Low Latency
MSI 865PE Neo-FIS2R Motherboard, latest Intel drivers
Seagate Barracuda PATA 120GB HDD, 7200rpm, 8MB cache, NTFS @ 4K clusters
Plextor Internal EIDE 52x32x52 CD-RW
Plextor Internal EIDE 8x DVDÂ±RW (Model #: PX-708A/SW-BL, Firmware: 1.08)
Sapphire Toxic X800 XT 256MB 8xAGP Video Card
Creative Soundblaster Audigy 2ZS Soundcard, Gamer Edition
Netgear Triband (a/b/g) Wi-Fi PCI NIC
Vantec Stealth 520W PSU
Windows XP, Service Pack 2
IDE setup as follows:
IDE Channel 1: Hard drive (Primary Master), DVDÂ±RW (Primary Slave)
IDE Channel 2: CD-RW (Secondary Master)
Any ideas are totally, utterly, greatly appreciated! Thanks for havin’ a look!
EDIT: And just to add, all other performance is good: writes a full DVD in 8min. exactly, averaging about 7.6-7.8x.