If I recall correctly, my old 2.4 X DVD Drive it took 35 minutes to write a dvd, and 20 for a data disc. My 4X Drive 20 for a data dvd and 12 for a data disc. Now my new 8x drive. 2 minutes for a data cd and 10 minutes for a data dvd.. At this rate it won't be long before we get up to star trek speeds... I've always wondered, though. Do they already have this technology invented, and just inch it out to make more money off the slower drives? Or does it really take them two years to reach the next step in speed?