During the last week, I've seen a significant increase in the time it takes to rip a DVD. Before, it used to take 40-50 minutes -- now it's taking 80-95 minutes. I have changed nothing with regards to hardware or software. DMA is enabled, as it always has been. Burn times, however, have NOT been affected. I don't understand why the increase exists. I use DVD Shrink 3.17 and I have archived over 100 DVD's with consistent read times. I have no other applications running in the background, as this is a dedicated machine for archiving. A few nights ago, I discovered 45Gb of files in the recycle bin, all of which were deleted DVD images that I had already burned down. Emptying the recycle bin only produced a very nominal (and shortlived) increase in performance. I, of course, use my DVD-ROM to rip - and at first, I thought it may be that the device was going bad. However, my DVD writer produced no better read times - leading me to believe that it's something more "central". I have performed normal diagnostics (i.e. disk cleanup and defrag) all to no avail. With my HD size, I sometimes rip 10 to 12 images (6 images per partition) to disk then burn down en masse, and heretofore, have had no issues. Any suggestions would be appreciated.