2007 Mini burner is toast (no pun intended)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by magusxxx, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Currently I'm using my faithful 2007 Mac Mini. *hug* Unfortunately, the internal DVD burner sounds like it's chewing up disks. And spits them out rather than burning them. Also, this machine can't use Lion. *sigh*

    Originally, I thought I'd like to get an external Blu-Ray burner and maybe an external HD so I could use Time Machine. But I wondered if my Mini, which only has USB2, could actually use a Blu-Ray burner. The other postings I see are for people who are using it for movies. I want one only for data backups.

    Then I started to think (dangerous in any circumstance,) would I be able to do the following...

    + Buy a new Mac Mini and use it for my offline work.
    + Connect it to my old Mac Mini via USB or Firewire and use the old machine for my Time Machine Drive.
    + My old Mini would still be my online machine.
    + Get an external Blu-Ray recorder. (Suggestions appreciated.)
     
  2. macrumors 65816

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    You can try the pioneer blu ray external drive from OWC. I purchased one and works fine though I am using a 2008 Mac Pro
     
  3. macrumors 603

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    "Originally, I thought I'd like to get an external Blu-Ray burner and maybe an external HD so I could use Time Machine. But I wondered if my Mini, which only has USB2, could actually use a Blu-Ray burner."

    BluRay should work ok with USB2 (at least for now). Many BR burners out there are just USB2, anyway.

    Here's one that you might consider:
    http://www.meritline.com/samsung-se-506ab-tsbd-external-usb-blu-ray-re-writer-black---p-77489.aspx

    Review of same:
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2402405,00.asp
     

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