Hi all, I've searched and ran into several ideas, but still having problems backing up my DVDs. I have a 2.8 w/512DDR and NEC 2510 8x burner with XP-Pro and it's taking 2.5 hours to backup a DVD. I've used DVD Decrypter, DVD Shrink, Nero, etc. All about the same speed regardless if I create an ISO file with Shrink or Decrypter or burn straight to a DVD using Nero through Shrink. To create an ISO file, I'm getting a rate between 1200 - 1750 kb/s. I also noticed the buffer never went above 3mb whereas I see in some guides it being 74mb. I have a regular DVD (16x) rom I'm ripping the DVD from. Right now I have two HDs on the same IDE cable and the two DVD drives on another so I would expect it to be slow going from DVD player to burner, but speed shouldn't be affected DVD-ROM to harddrive from what I figure. I haven't checked the DMAs, etc as I can't figure out how to in XP. The ripping takes 1 to 1.5 hours and the burning takes 45 min to an hour + to burn at 8x (so it ways it's burning at 8x). I have NERO 6 OEM (dunno on build #) and Shrink 3.2 I believe Shrink is set-up correctly as I have the same settings as most of the guides suggest. I'm not convinced I have the latest firmware for my burner but would that cause THIS big of a difference? Let me know if you need any more info. If you can point me in a direction of another post or can help me out here, I would really appreciate it. Right now I rip overnight then start burning in the morning before I go to work. THANKS ALL!!!!!!!!!!