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First thing that I would look into would be those two devices on USB. Are they attached to the same controller chip? This can take a bit of detective work, as on many (most?) computers one might have, say two USB ports, but those are often runnning on one controller chip. USB 2.0 is very slow to begin with, and if the devices are on the same controller chip, that could be a fatal bottleneck.
Also, 60GB free space sounds like a lot, but especially with BD, the working files are very, very large, and also, if the Windows Virtual Memory (Page File) is dynamically managed, when the 2GB of RAM is exhausted, the Page File comes into play, and will also grow quite large. Another consideration is that both PrE (working files) and the Page File want defragmented, contiguous free space, so having 60GB might not allow for the defragmented, contiguous space.
Just thinking there.
Both of the external devices are plugged into the same "line" of ports on the front of the column. You are probably right, they are probably all on the same chip.
The BR burner literature advised connecting with an ESata. I just dont know if the MB in my computer has free connection for it. I am "screwdriver" challanged, so will have the Geek Squad take a look and see if it can be installed.
The eSATA connection would be the best way to go, if at all possible.
Depending on your MoBo, it might be a simple connection to an L-plate w/ connector, or perhaps an eSATA card added to a spare slot. While I have never used the Geek Squad, any competent tech should be able to look at the specs. of your MoBo (most are on-line, if you do not have the booklet that came with it), and determine the best way to go. An eSATA card should not be expensive, and should only require plugging it in, and at the most, adding a software driver for it. The latter will likely depend on the version of BIOS that your MoBo has. I have always had great results with SIIG cards (there are other good ones, that are a bit less expensive, but I have never had one problem with any SIIG), and HERE is one for a PCIe slot, to give you an idea. I have never used that particular card, so cannot comment directly on it.