I recently built a new system running Win XP x64, and got this drive. Tonight I formatted a DVD-RAM disc (Panasonic 2-3x speed) using FAT 32. I started writing a bunch of photos to the disc, and was only getting speeds of about 35.9 KB/s. The software I was using said it would have taken about 6 hours to copy the whole directory.
I aborted the copy, and reformatted the same disc using UDF 2.0. On the same dir copy, was getting peak speeds of 3.18 MB/s with avg. speeds of 1.8 MB/s. It finished in about 20 minutes. I was previously under the impression that there wasn't that much of a difference between the two formats, so this was a surprise.
Does it sound like something is wrong with the drive, or is that normal?