General DMA-dness Continues

When 150,000 readers start digging for information on a  topic, you *know* they’ll turn up some interesting stuff!

Hello Fred, I’ve found the absolute ultimate FAQ for people with CD-Writers. It’s incredible (and even addresses DMA )). The URL is below. Oh, and if you do use it and accidentally-on-purpose insert my Web site link as well, I’d be terribly grateful ) The FAQ:  
—Loadstar (his site: )

[A]s reported the DMA setting can affect CD Writers as documented in several Roxio (Adaptec) EZ CD Creator and Soundstream articles. You can search (for "DMA") in their KB —Paul Clement

A good tool to check transfer rates and cpu consumption is "diskspeed32" which can be found at — Phil Hochstetler

Of course, other drive speed testing tools include WinTune ( ), PCpitstop ( ), and a variety of shareware/freeware tools at

You may already have some basic drive speed testing tools on your system, too. For example, Norton’s "System Information" has a built-in drive speed benchmark test.

Thanks to all who write in, both to me directly, and in the discussion area associated with the original article on DMA I posted at

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Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.