I'm running the specs shown in my signature. I'm very meticulous about keeping my system operating at its best. I have starting backing up my dvd titles, some copy protected, using dvd decrypter & dvd shrink & i burn with Nero most of the time. The dvd's I'm backing up take about 20 - 30 minutes to get onto my HD using Decrypter, depending on the size. The movies bigger than a regular disc take anything up to 1h40min to analyse and to encode using DVD Shrink 3.2. Movies that do not need compression take an average of the same time as to rip them in DVD decrypter 3.2. I have triple checked ALL my system & software settings, and they match other users' setting who get better times than I do. I'm currently tranfsering at 1,400kb/s in DVD shrink, with movies that are around 8GB on the orinigal movie disc. I would like to know of this is normal? If so, is there a way to improve on these times? If it isn't normal, what can i do to get better times, wothout sacrficing quality of the copies? Please help me out on this one... O.D.