External DVD writer speed

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by davidra, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    I burn and need to read a lot of DVD's and the removal of the optical drive I consider to be a big mistake. Regardless, I purchased an LG external writer that can write DVD's at 24X because all the other drives were limited to 8X. Unfortunately, using either Burn or Premiere Elements to burn a disc, my speed is limited to 4X which is pretty unacceptable. Anyone have any suggestions? Is this totally a limitation of the software, or the iMac?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Does the media you want to burn to support writing at speeds higher than "4x"?
  3. macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2009
    The Highlands, Scotland
    ...and most DVD-RWs (note the "W") are 4x max write speed only.
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    I believe we have a solution. I actually had no idea RW's were that limited as i always use regular +R's, but I had some RW's around and I figured I'd use them to test it out. Will try again with +R's. Thanks to both of you...

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