thx for everyone's concern, but i've figured out my problem. it was the secondary harddrive i was saving everything on. now when i rip and burn dvd's to/from the primary harddrive all speeds are back to normal.
but has anyone ever heard of that problem before? i can still save media to the secondary, but playback is choppy, burning from it takes 1hr 20min with 8x (pioneer 110d). i started to use the primary harddrive and burn time is 15 minutes, and i cut and paste the same media files and playback is fine.
i also deleted the partition on the secondary and reformated it, but it did not improve anything.
i guess my question is: is there any way to save the secondary harddrive? or is it time for a new one?
any feedback would be much appreciated. thx again.