Recently, I fitted a 3.5 500GB ATA100 Maxtor HDD on a friend's computer and noticed his main and only HDD in there is a 2.5 notebook-sized HDD. I told him I don't think the new Maxtor would work because of the size difference, but through force, the Maxtor was squeezed into the compartment. Anyway, testing the new Maxtor, it seemed when I tried burning a movie from the Maxtor, the burn speed was incredibly slow and capped at about 2x. I'm guessing the CPU couldn't handle it because not only is the seek time pretty bad when burning, but it eats up a lot of the computer's resources and memory, causing a massive slowdown. Could I get an explanation or a link on why it runs slow (always nice to learn something new)? Also, is it possible to use the Maxtor to house OS instead and get it the run normally? And anyone got a recommendation on what program I can use to make a quick log of the hardware specs? I can't list much besides it being a Foxconn motherboard with 1 GB of RAM under Windows XP.