R.I.P. - My Toshiba 16X DVD-ROM has passed away

Yesterday my Toshiba 16X DVD-ROM started behaving strangely… when ripping with DVD Decrypter, the speed was between 0.0X - 0.6X, when I normally get 2.0X - 2.1X with encrypted DVD’s.

At first I thought the originals were bad, but I looked at the discs and they were fine; no scratches at all. Ripping in my Sony DRU-500A confirmed that it wasn’t the discs… I tried ripping unprotected discs (porn) where I normally get 4X - 6X in the Toshiba and the same thing, 0.0X - 0.6X or a lot of errors; we’re talking 800-900 retries here.

I had to replace my DVD-ROM… I did some searches and found that the Star Logic DVD-ROM sold at Circuit City of all places had great ripping speeds so I went and bought it… after a quick install, I test ripped some encrypted DVD’s and was getting 4.5X - 7X… that’s anywhere between 8 - 15 minutes - awesome!

My workflow used to be:

  1. Rip with DVD Decrypter - anywhere from 30 - 45 minutes
  2. Transcode with DVD2One - anywhere from 10 - 25 minutes
  3. Burn with Nero - anywhere from 23.5 minutes (1X DVD+R) to 15 minutes (4X DVD-R)

Now I can consistently back up a full DVD in less than 45 minutes total… all I can say is WOW!

Lesson: Get a fast DVD-ROM for ripping and under no circumstance should you use your burner to rip… that will shorten its life and they’re much more expensive than the readers!

The CSS protected rip speed has been removed from a few of Toshiba’s newer DVD-ROM drives. The firmwares will be released soon.

See here: http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?t=13080

The Asus E616 is also a good (fast) reader. LiteON DVD drives are supposed to be fast at ripping too.