So I've been having this issue for the last 8 months or so. I start a shrink backup, it seems to hit a decent speed after a few seconds, and then it continously slows down as it rips. It'll start at ~6500K and by the end it's at 1800K. Its a gradual slow down, every few seconds the rate drops 10-20k. My system is a 2.4 p4, 1.2G ram, C: is a 40G 7200rpm WD, D: is a 120G 7200rpm IBM drive, E: is a sony 16x rom (ddu1612), f: is a pioneer 106. I had this problem originally with the 106, before I bought the sony rom. I have the cracked 1.07 firmware, didn't help. So I got the sony drive, and it starts faster, but it still slows down to <2000K towards the end. The funny thing is that if I save to c: I get a slightly faster rate than if I save to d:, but still have the slowdown. This is making me crazy. I've tried all the firmwares, i've turned DMA off and on, defragged many times, and I'm thinking about getting a SATA HDD...maybe its overkill, but I'm running out of ideas. Help???