Looking for a budget blu-ray drive

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    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!

    -jon
     
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    phoenixsan

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    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


    :):apple:
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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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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    JRoDDz

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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.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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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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    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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    PsyOpWarlord

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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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    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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    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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    ECUpirate44

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    How much space are we talking about here?
     
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    mp4 is 5-10gb/BR
     
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    ECUpirate44

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    How much is an uncompressed bluray?
     
  15. macrumors 68020

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    You do not need anything but MakeMKV (and Handbrake if you are going to view your movies on an aTV).
     
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    Generally about 20 to 30gb ripped before compressing to MP4.
     
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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.
     
  18. macrumors member

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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/B009PBUQCM/ref=oh_details_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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    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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