I've searched the net for answers to this question but can't find anything as of yet. Is it normal for a video to encode significantly slower because it is located on an external hard drive? I just got the HD a few days ago and moved all of my movies, music and pictures over to it. Before having it, I was able to encode and burn a movie directly from my hard drive in anywhere from 1 - 2 hours, rarely taking longer than that. Now, encoding from my external hard drive is taking 4+ hours. Burning speed isn't an issue, I assume because the encoded version of the movie is placed on my internal hard drive. So I assume that it's because it's on my external drive, but I was wondering if there could be another underlying reason?