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Siderz
Dec 4, 2012, 05:29 PM
I should hopefully be getting the new iMac tomorrow afternoon.

Apple got rid of the disc drive in it, and I thought, if I'm going to spend 65 on their external disc drive, I might as well look elsewhere and get a Blu-ray drive.

I like the look of this - http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/product.htm?id=10602

It's USB 3, burns Blu-rays, very importantly USB powered, and it's by LaCie, so I assume it's very good.

However, clicking on specifications has no mention of OSX, only Windows XP through to Windows 8.

I saw a YouTube video of someone using the exact same device on a Mac, the only difference being the box claimed it was Mac compatible and it was USB 2.0. I've also seen other external Blu-ray players which claim to only be Windows compatible, but others have said that theirs worked on a Mac.

If this isn't Mac compatible, what other options are there? Preferably bus powered. I really don't have the room for an extra wire.



aarmstrong27
Dec 5, 2012, 01:42 PM
I should hopefully be getting the new iMac tomorrow afternoon.

Apple got rid of the disc drive in it, and I thought, if I'm going to spend 65 on their external disc drive, I might as well look elsewhere and get a Blu-ray drive.

I like the look of this - http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/product.htm?id=10602

It's USB 3, burns Blu-rays, very importantly USB powered, and it's by LaCie, so I assume it's very good.

However, clicking on specifications has no mention of OSX, only Windows XP through to Windows 8.

I saw a YouTube video of someone using the exact same device on a Mac, the only difference being the box claimed it was Mac compatible and it was USB 2.0. I've also seen other external Blu-ray players which claim to only be Windows compatible, but others have said that theirs worked on a Mac.

If this isn't Mac compatible, what other options are there? Preferably bus powered. I really don't have the room for an extra wire.

From what I can find in the user guide, it looks like it is Mac compatible.

aarmstrong27
Dec 5, 2012, 01:44 PM
Here's another shot of the FAQs.

Siderz
Dec 5, 2012, 01:48 PM
From what I can find in the user guide, it looks like it is Mac compatible.

Ah, thanks a lot for doing the work for me.

I think I was trying to load that earlier and it wouldn't load.

I guess I'll get it then.

cmChimera
Dec 5, 2012, 02:16 PM
This is pretty cool. It'd be nice to rip some blurays to my external and watch them when I'm traveling.

blaqman
Dec 29, 2012, 08:04 PM
I have a new 27" imac with this drive, and it works beautiful with VLC native playback.

bedifferent
Dec 29, 2012, 09:39 PM
I've had a Blu-Ray burner in my Mac Pro's for years (LG). OS X has been able to play and rip Blu-Ray's for a few years with third party app's. I'd state it's well worth the money.

ppywong
Jan 12, 2013, 09:10 AM
I'm visiting Hong Kong at the moment and am considering purchasing this drive.

I'm going to plug a drive into my upcoming purchase of the new 27" iMac so to primarily watch blu-ray (have no plans to write but may do so in the future).

The issue I have is that the price of this baby in HK is about $70 (AUD) cheaper than buying it in Aus.

Can I just confirm with everybody that this drive will work with the iMac (and sometimes with a 2011 Macbook Air), both running 10.8.

Also what software would i need to effectively read the blu ray discs? I know I need Toast Titanium to burn, but what about read?

Thanking all for answering my questions in advance!

tejota1911
Jan 12, 2013, 03:18 PM
Works great for me. I just ripped a BD with it last night.

DudeDad
Mar 8, 2013, 08:14 AM
Works great for me. I just ripped a BD with it last night.

Is it powered with just one USB 3 port on your mac or do you require 2? I have a late 2012 mac mini and it powers the apple combo drive with one 3.0 port....I would rather not have to use 2 to power it.

Maccanaut
Apr 15, 2013, 08:14 AM
I have the new 27inch iMac, upgraded from i5 to i7. I have toast titanium 11 with the bluray plugin, and this Lacie slimline bluray USB 3 writer.
The iMac doesnt recognise the Lacie writer. I hate it. Im going to throw petrol on it tomorrow and set it alight, while chanting 'death to Lacie death to Lacie'.
Is there any reason why I shouldnt? Can anyone tell me why the heck it wont recognise it?
Ok...im not really that impatient...and i promise i wont set fire to it. But it'd be nice to get some use out of it :)

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Is it powered with just one USB 3 port on your mac or do you require 2? I have a late 2012 mac mini and it powers the apple combo drive with one 3.0 port....I would rather not have to use 2 to power it.

It comes with 2 usb connections, but the second connection is only required to be used when there is insufficient power output from the comp. i think the new imac can supply enough power using just one of the usb connections on the bluray. Others may confirm or contradict this, though im pretty sure thats what i read somewhere.

LaCieTech
Apr 16, 2013, 09:17 PM
I should hopefully be getting the new iMac tomorrow afternoon.

Apple got rid of the disc drive in it, and I thought, if I'm going to spend 65 on their external disc drive, I might as well look elsewhere and get a Blu-ray drive.

I like the look of this - http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/product.htm?id=10602

It's USB 3, burns Blu-rays, very importantly USB powered, and it's by LaCie, so I assume it's very good.

However, clicking on specifications has no mention of OSX, only Windows XP through to Windows 8.

I saw a YouTube video of someone using the exact same device on a Mac, the only difference being the box claimed it was Mac compatible and it was USB 2.0. I've also seen other external Blu-ray players which claim to only be Windows compatible, but others have said that theirs worked on a Mac.

If this isn't Mac compatible, what other options are there? Preferably bus powered. I really don't have the room for an extra wire.

Hi,

Yes it should work on a newer Mac. The reason we specify Windows on that model is because that's the software that comes with it and its USB only -which until moderately recently, Mac did not support natively. If you buy that version it will not have OSX authoring or playback software in the box.

However, as long as your Mac has native USB 3.0 support and you have all the appropriate software already there shouldn't be an issue.

~mn, LaCie

Maccanaut
Apr 16, 2013, 10:53 PM
Hi,

Yes it should work on a newer Mac. The reason we specify Windows on that model is because that's the software that comes with it and its USB only -which until moderately recently, Mac did not support natively. If you buy that version it will not have OSX authoring or playback software in the box.

However, as long as your Mac has native USB 3.0 support and you have all the appropriate software already there shouldn't be an issue.

~mn, LaCie


Im using roxio toast titanium 11 with bluray plugin, but it's not recognising the lacie unit. My new imac wont recognise it. It shows in the system file under usb, but the units not recognised in any program i use. I even tried dragonburn, another one that was suggested would work.
I bought the imac, the lacie, and the software for the sole purpose of transferring a couple hundred DV tapes onto bluray disc. I was told its a great setup for this.
Lacie support say its the software. Apple dont wanna know about it, and roxio are yet to get back to me with a response that will likely be fingerpointing elsewhere.
If I cant get it happening inside another 2 weeks I'll look at returning the lot to all the respective suppliers. Im serious.....theres not a lot of use for all this stuff if it doesnt do what its purchased for. I already have ipad, laptop and a pc.

In the end though, Im pretty sure we'll get there. Ive been at it pretty hard for 2 weeks already and im sure its some simple fix, but its hard when theres 4 parties involved (apple, lacie, roxio and myself) and no one wants to spend the time sorting it when it could be the other parties 'fault'. Thats understandable, but im also the customer who bought the setup thats supposed to work.

There......ive vented :)

LaCieTech
Apr 17, 2013, 09:53 PM
Im using roxio toast titanium 11 with bluray plugin, but it's not recognising the lacie unit. My new imac wont recognise it. It shows in the system file under usb, but the units not recognised in any program i use. I even tried dragonburn, another one that was suggested would work.
I bought the imac, the lacie, and the software for the sole purpose of transferring a couple hundred DV tapes onto bluray disc. I was told its a great setup for this.
Lacie support say its the software. Apple dont wanna know about it, and roxio are yet to get back to me with a response that will likely be fingerpointing elsewhere.
If I cant get it happening inside another 2 weeks I'll look at returning the lot to all the respective suppliers. Im serious.....theres not a lot of use for all this stuff if it doesnt do what its purchased for. I already have ipad, laptop and a pc.

In the end though, Im pretty sure we'll get there. Ive been at it pretty hard for 2 weeks already and im sure its some simple fix, but its hard when theres 4 parties involved (apple, lacie, roxio and myself) and no one wants to spend the time sorting it when it could be the other parties 'fault'. Thats understandable, but im also the customer who bought the setup thats supposed to work.

There......ive vented :)

You already spoke with our support? Can I have your ticket number with us and I'll look at what we said. Titanium is the app we used to bundle with the burners so it should work. Unless the device is defective in some way, you should be having no issues with your applications so I'd like to find a way to resolve this.

You can find your ticket number on the support tab of www.lacie.com/mystuff

~mn, LaCie

Maccanaut
Apr 18, 2013, 06:28 PM
You already spoke with our support? Can I have your ticket number with us and I'll look at what we said. Titanium is the app we used to bundle with the burners so it should work. Unless the device is defective in some way, you should be having no issues with your applications so I'd like to find a way to resolve this.

You can find your ticket number on the support tab of www.lacie.com/mystuff

~mn, LaCie

Yes no problem. 102608775 is my ticket number.
Thanks for any help.

Maccanaut
Apr 18, 2013, 07:06 PM
I get an 'Interface error code 32054 The connection is not stable' Cable problem maybe?

LaCieTech
Apr 19, 2013, 12:58 PM
I get an 'Interface error code 32054 The connection is not stable' Cable problem maybe?


That error points to a connection issue. I can see from your support ticket (102608775) that we are replacing the USB 3.0 cable. That is certainly the next best step. Have a great weekend!

stchman
Apr 19, 2013, 03:40 PM
I was under the impression that Apple does not support BluRay at all.

Maccanaut
Apr 20, 2013, 03:07 AM
That error points to a connection issue. I can see from your support ticket (102608775) that we are replacing the USB 3.0 cable. That is certainly the next best step. Have a great weekend!

Yes. Disappointing when i could have bought a burner at half the price of the lacie, but opted for the lacie after reading that they are a higher quality unit. Still...these things can happen I suppose. One thing I strongly disagree with, is that if the unit needed to go back and was found to be faulty, freight should not have to be paid by the customer. If there is no drop off point in melbourne, thats lacies problem I think. If i sent the unit back and it was found not to be faulty, I'd accept freight both ways.
Anyway, lacie are sending the cable as u say, and i do believe that will fix the problem too. Fingers crossed.
Thanks for ur help too by the way.
Michael

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I was under the impression that Apple does not support BluRay at all.

Install roxio toast titanium 11 with the additional bluray plugin, and that is great apparently. Says me, who's having headaches with it :)
But I know it WILL work soon.

stchman
Apr 20, 2013, 01:14 PM
Install roxio toast titanium 11 with the additional bluray plugin, and that is great apparently. Says me, who's having headaches with it :)
But I know it WILL work soon.

Another instance of something "just working" on a Mac.

Maccanaut
Apr 21, 2013, 06:33 AM
Another instance of something "just working" on a Mac.

No not at all. Its a minor technical issue unrelated to the mac itself. Suspect cable at this stage. Im happy with the mac.

Maccanaut
Apr 24, 2013, 06:24 AM
New cable received. So far all is good. In process of burning a disc now.

mrmarts
Jul 12, 2013, 04:58 AM
I am considering buying this external drive to rip movies i cannot find on the iTunes store. At the moment i own a macbook retina 15", which only has two usb ports. Does the blu ray drive run on a single usb 3.0 cable for MacBooks or do i need to plug both cables in?

cenantes
Nov 13, 2013, 12:44 AM
Hi guys,

I have upgraded my Mac to Mavericks, since then, my Lacie Slim Blu-ray drive stopped being able to work properly.
My mac still detects the drive, but as soon as it starts reading the files, it ejects by itself.
Anyone encountered the same issue?

Kareldr
Feb 14, 2014, 03:18 PM
Hi,
I do have same problem. Did you found a solution?
Thanks,
karel


Hi guys,

I have upgraded my Mac to Mavericks, since then, my Lacie Slim Blu-ray drive stopped being able to work properly.
My mac still detects the drive, but as soon as it starts reading the files, it ejects by itself.
Anyone encountered the same issue?

Qyzylqum
Mar 5, 2014, 06:10 PM
Hi,

Yes it should work on a newer Mac. The reason we specify Windows on that model is because that's the software that comes with it and its USB only -which until moderately recently, Mac did not support natively. If you buy that version it will not have OSX authoring or playback software in the box.

However, as long as your Mac has native USB 3.0 support and you have all the appropriate software already there shouldn't be an issue.

~mn, LaCie

This same problem has shown up on Apple Support pages with this same device. There as here comments were made by a LaCie tech that they only supply software for Windows. Found this software the other day and all the ratings on it are 5 star so if may work and it is not very expensive. Seems odd that LaCie has stopped making any blu-ray drives and yet so many problems exist. I am looking for a blu-ray player to hook up to my 2009 iMac and plan on buying a new iMac in the near future. Hope this helps. http://www.macblurayplayer.com Actually I think I have seen this someplace but not sure where on these blogs so I hope I am not repeating what somebody else has already posted. I should note that this software says it is good for OSX 10.9 and Windows 8.1 Good Luck

Trevorriley
Mar 7, 2014, 01:44 AM
I'm visiting Hong Kong at the moment and am considering purchasing this drive.

I'm going to plug a drive into my upcoming purchase of the new 27" iMac so to primarily watch blu-ray (have no plans to write but may do so in the future).

The issue I have is that the price of this baby in HK is about $70 (AUD) cheaper than buying it in Aus.

Can I just confirm with everybody that this drive will work with the iMac (and sometimes with a 2011 Macbook Air), both running 10.8.

Also what software would i need to effectively read the blu ray discs? I know I need Toast Titanium to burn, but what about read?

Thanking all for answering my questions in advance!

As I know, VLC has already been widely used to play Bluray movies, but sometimes you may met some situations such as the failure on the new disc(I saw from other posts). Lots of people kept it since it is free. Well, it is better to have something professional, you know. Here is a interesting article which may help you http://www.macworld.com/article/2042431/watch-and-rip-blu-ray-movies-on-your-mac.html