iMac DVD Write speed. Mine seems slow

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mikebike125, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Mikebike125 macrumors 6502

    Mikebike125

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    I am writing a DVD using Toast and it will only write at 3x speed. Is that normal? It seems really slow. How can I make it faster?

    I have a Aluminum iMac 2.4 c2duo with 3GB of RAM. Is it possible that this is as fast as it can write??
     
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    How long does it take to write 4.38 GB to a 4.7 GB DVD -/+ R with maximum speed settings?

    The SuperDrive has a maximum speed of 8x, which it only reaches on the inner circles of a dvd,

    I think it will take 8-10 minutes to fully write to a 4.7 GB DVD.
     
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    That's about what I get on my iMac with 2.66 GHz/2 GB.
     
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Pretty much normal for a laptop burner.

    Buy a desktop burner and a FW400 enclosure for it.
     
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  6. Mikebike125 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mikebike125

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    Correct!

    I was reading somwhere that Toast version 8.01 has this problem. I was unable to determine if there is a fix for it. It seems strange that this 8x burner only spins at 3x. There must bea better way.
     
  7. spinnerlys Guest

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    Sometimes Toast shows me the same (3x speed or maybe 4x).

    Could you please tell us how long does it take to burn 4.38GB to a DVD (4.7GB)?

    Without Verification of course.

    That way we can compare and see if Toast is just effing with you.

    And btw, the superdrive in the iMac is a laptop DVD burner, as it can fit better into the tight enclosure and has only 8x speed. The Mac Pro has a desktop DVD burner and burns with up to 16x speed.
     
  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    iMacs have shipped with laptop optical drives since the first G5 model (and even some G3 iMacs). Here's what's in my Core 2 Duo iMac.

    What's the write speed of your discs?
     

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