I’m a complete newb to this forum and to DVD burners in general so please forgive me beforehand
Anyway, my question pertains to a new NEC-3550A burner that I purchased that I promptly converted into an external by putting it into a Bytecc 320F external enclosure.
I hooked it up using the USB 2.0 cord to my Dell Inspiron 4000 laptop which is PIII-900 MHz, BIOS A18 (I know there is an updated A23 BIOS available), 256 SD-RAM, 8MB ATI card, and a Toshiba 80 GB 5200 RPM. I bought some Memorex 16X DVD+R disc to try out and I burned a 4.4 GB data disc on my first try without making a coaster
The question is this, it took 34 minutes!!! to burn this disk and is this:
a) ‘normal’ or average speed? (I don’t think so because all the reviews on the 3550A show that it can burn DVD+R in ~6 minutes)
b) What can I do to make this external burner burn faster? (I do defrag my hard drive before a burning session and I had 24 GB free at the time of my initial burning)
c) Is this because I have too slow of a setup?
d) Are external burners inherently slower than internal ones because of the USB 2.0/Firewire interface?
Thanks for your help.