I have a 16X IDE DVD burner (external) and it takes about 7 hrs. to burn a 3 G. movie. I am using Windows 2000, Pentium III, 900mghz, 391 ram and I have 2 hard drives. I use the 2nd drive for capturing and burning movies only. It is 60 g. I am using Nero. I received this as a Xmas present. I have read a lot of the questions on ee and was going to update my dvd burner but it said did someone tell you to update some updates may cause your dvd not to work correctly. Some of my movies pause or skip a little or the sound is interrupted some. I am new at doing this. Does burning usually take this long?