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Old Dec 12, 2012, 11:47 AM   #1
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Looking for a budget blu-ray drive

Hi all,

I'm looking for a budget blu ray drive but have no idea what to look for. All I'm using it for is to convert my blu-ray discs so I can watch them on my WDTV live. So, I dont need anything fancy... just something that I can use with makeMKV (I guess?). Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks!

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Old Dec 12, 2012, 12:41 PM   #2
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Post Assuming....

you have a Mac and want to connect the Blu-ray drive via USB, I can vouch a Pioneer, LiteOn, Sony and Philips one (for read only, no burning, right?)

Maybe this link is helpful:

http://www.newegg.com/Blu-Ray-Drives/SubCategory/ID-598

for read-only external drives


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Old Dec 12, 2012, 12:47 PM   #3
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Thanks! That does help.

Correct, no burning of Blu-Ray discs.

Anyone else have any other info? Just want to make sure I'm getting what I need!
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 12:53 PM   #4
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Be forewarned.. Blu-Ray disks take up massive amounts of hard drive space and time to rip and convert. This could be a huge undertaking and tie up your computer for hours upon hours.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 12:57 PM   #5
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Thanks for the heads up! I've got a spare 3TB ready, and am not worried about the time commitment!
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 01:39 PM   #6
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you have a Mac and want to connect the Blu-ray drive via USB, I can vouch a Pioneer, LiteOn, Sony and Philips one (for read only, no burning, right?)

Maybe this link is helpful:

http://www.newegg.com/Blu-Ray-Drives/SubCategory/ID-598

for read-only external drives


It looks like those are internal blu ray drives. While they do have SATA to USB adapters, here are some USB blu ray drives that are guaranteed to work with Macs.

http://eshop.macsales.com/search/external+blu+ray
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 10:56 AM   #7
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http://www.amazon.com/Blu-Ray-USB-Ex...=blu+ray+drive

I have had great results with this one so far
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 02:31 PM   #8
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You can use internet drives, but you just have to buy an enclosure to go with it. So that would have to be factored into the price.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 10:58 PM   #9
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http://www.amazon.com/Blu-Ray-USB-Ex...=blu+ray+drive

I have had great results with this one so far
I have this one too, except in black. Works perfectly!
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http://www.amazon.com/Blu-Ray-USB-Ex...=blu+ray+drive

I have had great results with this one so far
Part of me also wants to buy a BD burner so I can back up photos on many fewer discs. But then I wonder how easily I would keep up with them.

I've got more than 100GB in photos, so this is obviously something I need to tackle. Is BD a good solution since the discs aren't as susceptible to failure, or are there cheap cloud alternatives for such a massive collection?
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 01:14 PM   #11
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Thanks for the recommendations guys! In the case of the Amazon drive, will I need to instal AnyDVD or something like that to use it? I dont really want to watch movies on my mac, just want to use the drive to get MakeMKV to convert my BluRays.
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Be forewarned.. Blu-Ray disks take up massive amounts of hard drive space and time to rip and convert. This could be a huge undertaking and tie up your computer for hours upon hours.
How much space are we talking about here?
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 01:28 PM   #13
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how much space are we talking about here?
mp4 is 5-10gb/BR
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mp4 is 5-10gb/BR
How much is an uncompressed bluray?
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 01:32 PM   #15
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Thanks for the recommendations guys! In the case of the Amazon drive, will I need to instal AnyDVD or something like that to use it? I dont really want to watch movies on my mac, just want to use the drive to get MakeMKV to convert my BluRays.
You do not need anything but MakeMKV (and Handbrake if you are going to view your movies on an aTV).
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How much is an uncompressed bluray?
Generally about 20 to 30gb ripped before compressing to MP4.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 12:34 AM   #17
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Back in'09 I picked up a standard Samsung internal Blu Ray drive at Fry's and a 5.25" external enclosure that it would fit into. It used USB2 and it was much quicker than the built-in superdrive at reading/writing CD's and DVD's and I used this for the same thing as you, just ripping Blu Rays.

No special software other than MakeMKV or Handbrake or any other ripping software for ripping BR's.

I just tonight picked up an LG USB3 external BR burner from Best Buy because I will be using it to back up data not so much burning BR movies.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 07:11 PM   #18
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I purchased a Digistor External Blu Ray burner to backup some of my older Blu Rays that didn't come with a digital copy. The first thing I noticed was that I was getting really slow rip speeds. I gave up after one movie was going to take over four hours. I ended up just buying it on iTunes.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o01_s01_i00

Can anyone suggest a faster Blu Ray drive for ripping? I hate for this guy to have the same problem I did.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 08:14 PM   #19
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I ended up buying a Samsung drive a year or two ago and it seems to do pretty well for me at least. Takes around 40 mins or so? (have not exactly timed it) for ripping a blu ray.
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