iMac 24" incredibly slow burning

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  1. iDavidLeeRoth macrumors regular

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    I have a Pioneer drive and 8x Sony media. These discs are burning at 2 or 3x using Toast 8 Titanium. Help!:mad: :mad:
     
  2. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Are they DL DVDs by any chance? They burn at 2.4X... regular single layer DVDs burn at 8x
     
  3. SilentJC macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I'm new here... been lurking for a while and decided to join!

    Anyways, I've also noticed that using my TDK 16X DVD-R media (single layer) and burning with Toast Titanium I get burn rates of 2-3X for like the first half of the disc, then at some point (seems to be the same every time, about 2/3 the way through) you hear the drive ramp up and out of nowhere it starts burning at full-rate.

    Just an idea... since I'm using a brand new C2D 20" iMac, I was wondering if perhaps it's that Toast might not be Intel native? I'm sure someone else might know more than me on this, but that's just an idea.
     
  4. iDavidLeeRoth thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have the exact same problem. I might get some new burning software.


    Toast 8 is universal.
     
  5. SilentJC macrumors newbie

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    There goes my theory... bummer.
     
  6. iDavidLeeRoth thread starter macrumors regular

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    Using Dragon Burn, it took me 13 minutes and 3 seconds to burn a 3.79 GB DVD....


    Something is very wrong here. :mad: :mad: :mad:
     
  7. Keirdre macrumors member

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    Is that bad? I would consider that fairly fast, but then again I'm still a PC user.
     
  8. iDavidLeeRoth thread starter macrumors regular

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    My PC can burn an 8x in around 8 minutes, and a 16x in 4, if I remember correctly.


    The difference is noticeable. I guess if you want it done right, you have to build it yourself ;(
     
  9. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    when i switched early last year i noticed the burn speed was dramatically different between my 16X drive using nero on pc and using toast/mac os x disc burning (i dont think its software dependant anyway)..

    i have a pio drive in my imac, and it takes about 15-20 mins to burn an 8X dvd-r - the time suggests its only burning at 4x

    i have gotten used to it anyway, so it's not a major deal, but i was a bit surprised when i made the switch that my dvd's were taking a longer time to burn that what i had been used to.
     
  10. Eckels macrumors newbie

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    I just purchased my first mac, a 20" iMac with 2gb(not yet received)... but I'm a little concerned about this thread. Is burning always this slow with the iMacs? or is these accounts anomalies? Is there software to speed it up? I was planning to use the iMac to transfer and backup several hard-drives worth of data (saved from old PCs) onto DVDs. My old PC really couldn't handle the burns - but I was hoping the mac would be fast enough. any tips?
     
  11. iDavidLeeRoth thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's bullcrap. Why would they put a PIO drive in an iMac?
     
  12. psychofreak Retired

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    Use activity monitor to determine if a running app is universal or not...
     
  13. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    try burning something from the Finder or something quick in iDvD. See if the problem persists there.
     
  14. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    Keep in mind that the iMac uses a slot loading laptop optical drive, not a desktop drive like you'll find in most PC's and the Powermac. The main difference is that laptop drives only burn at their max speed (say 8x for example) at the very outmost of the disc. The rest of the disc is burned much slower. A desktop drive however, will usually burn at 8x (or whatever max is) for the entire length of the disc. This is because desktop drives can spin discs much faster than laptop drives. Its not unusual for a laptop drive to burn a full DVD 2-3x slower compared to a desktop drive at the same speed.
     
  15. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    Thats actually a cool fact to know. Thank you.
     
  16. macfan881 macrumors 68020

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    nvm just read that theroy dunno wat the problem is then
     
  17. iDavidLeeRoth thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, I guess my dvd drive just can't keep up with my downloading, but I'm very happy with the iMac nonetheless.
     
  18. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    ahh.. i didnt know this, but this is cool information to know.. thank you :)
     

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