Anyone know of an external blu-ray burner that they can recommend?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by leftPCbehind209, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. leftPCbehind209 macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2010
    I have a hex-core. I would like external so that I can use on both my Mac Pro and iMac.

    I did a search and just found old threads on this board. The threads I did find seem to indicate many problems.

    Please advise. Thanks.
  2. SmilesLots macrumors regular


    Apr 30, 2010
    SW Virginia
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    I'd suggest an LG burner and a BYTECC USB2/FW400 enclosure. You can try internal, but some folks have had problems. Either way, you'll need Toast.
  4. leftPCbehind209 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2010
    I had someone tell me before that it is important to use an ESATA connection rather than USB2 or FW - it is much faster is what I was told.

    Searching OWC, I found this PCI card: Technology/MXPCIE6GS2/

    Also, I was told that Pioneer drives are the way to go - how is this one: World Computing/MRF8BDSD12X/

    Would I be better off buying my enclosure elsewhere (the mercury one they give is essentially costing me $100)?
  5. beaker7 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2009
    eSATA is indeed faster than FW800 or USB2.

    But for burning, it's not going to matter because the bus is not the bottleneck. Disc write speed is.
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    For Blu-ray, the drive mechanisms aren't really all that fast. That's where the bottleneck is.
  7. highdefw macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2009
    I don't know the specific brand or model they use, but I do know that the Apple Store will set you up with an external Blu-ray player. Something you should possibly look in to.

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