I am ready to throw my laptop through the window. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the length of this, but I need some serious help and want to provide as complete a picture of the problem as possible. Have a laptop, 1.8GHZ, 20GB, 256MB. For many months, I was able to backup using DVD Shrink to a Lite-On 811S using an external enclosure without problems. (Connected by a USB 2.0 cable). Suddenly, it started taking 6 hrs plus to back-up a dvd. I use DVD Shrink to rip and either DVD Decrypter or Nero to burn. So, I got a great deal on a Sony DRU-710A, installed it in the enclosure and the same issues, although I never let any of the back-ups complete. I tried to burn CDs without success as well. The IDE channels all indicated DMA, but as was indicated in many forums, I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the IDE Channels without success. Called Sony support and was told that due to the complexity of these newer DVD writers, that the internal writer could not successfully be used with an external enclosure. I didn't quite believe him, but I wasn't having success in fixing the problem otherwise. So, I bought a MadDog MegaStor 7-in-1 external writer. Connected by a USB 2.0 cable. Again, no success in burning DVDs or CDs. The DVD burn took 10 minutes to get to 1% before I aborted. The CD burn failed with the following: #28 SCSI-500 File Cdrdrv.cpp, Line 1442 SCSI Exec, HA 2, TA 0, LUN 0, buffer 0x082E0000 Status: 0x02 (0x03, SCSI_ABORTED) HA-Status 0x10(0x0A, SCSI_HASTAT_REQUEST_SENSE_FAILED) TA-Status 0x00 (0x00, OK) Sense Key: 0x05 (KEY_ILLEGAL_REQUEST) Sense Code: 0x26 Sense Qual: 0x02 CDB Data: 0x2A 0x00 0xFF 0xFF 0xD7 0x0B 0x00 0x02 0xAA 0x00 0x00 0x00 Sense Data: 0xF0 0x00 0x05 0x00 [9 times] 0x26 0x02 #29 CDR-500 File Writer.cpp, Line 304 SCSI command aborted MAD DOG MD-16XDVD9\H2 T0 #30 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 229 all writers idle, stopping conversion skip to... #34 Text 0 File AudioCompilationmpl.cpp, Line 828 DRM: DRM burn session terminated. PLEASE HELP!