[qanda]This thread is about the Samsung SH-S203B / TS-H653B. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]I bought a Samsung SH-S203B SATA DVD burner and have been using it since a couple of weeks. It’s worked fine throughout that time, but then yesterday, the drive inexplicably became slow as molasses. It will not read or write faster than 1x, which in practical terms means it now takes about 40 minutes to dump the data from a standard-sized DVD-R to the hard drive, and it takes about as long to write a DVD. What the hell happened?
I haven’t messed around with the firmware for this drive or installed any software which could have impacted its performance. The last thing I did before I noticed it was no longer working at full speed was burn a dual-layer disc at 2.4 speed. Anyone have any suggestions?