Studies on drilling petroleum reservoir rocks with lasers show that modern infrared lasers have the capability to spall (thermally fragment), melt and vaporize natural earth materials with the thermal spallation being the most efficient rock removal mechanism. Although laser irradiance as low as 1000 W/cm² is sufficient to spall rock, firing the beam on a single spot for too long at that intensity causes rock melting and reduces removal efficiency. Also, it is difficult to visualize an efficient way to create a six or eight inch hole by sending one large beam down hole. Alternatives are either to raster the beam to cover the 20 cm hole area or, using a pattern of many small beams illuminated sequentially or in groups, create a nearly circular work face. This paper will present the testing results of the multiple small beam method. The effect on rock removal efficiency of several parameters, including relaxation time between laser bursts, basic patterns of multiple beams, and beam spot overlapping amounts are determined and presented.