Blu Ray drive in a Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by haravikk, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. haravikk macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    Hi there,

    Now, I know Apple are reluctant to provide Blu Ray drives for their machines at the moment, but I'm wondering if it's possible to install any into a Mac Pro yourself? I'm hoping to start collecting Blu Ray copies of shows and movies that I like, but I need something to play them on, and would rather that were my computer.

    My Mac Pro has a spare optical bay, and an unused SATA connector (one of the two behind its main fan), I've seen a couple out there that claim Mac support, but I'm hoping for recommendations/comments from people that actually own one. Are there any that are recommended? Any problems encountered?

  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Your Mac and OS X will not currently support it
    You will have to work around it with Windows on the Mac

    There are a multitude of threads detailing this
    You can probably find them with MRoogle

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. haravikk thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    There are some that boast Mac support such this one from FastMac, but it's pretty expensive.

    I've also seen others that are intended for PC and Mac, so while OS X doesn't natively support Blu Ray, someone must be producing drivers and a media player for these devices.
  4. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Of course you can install a Blu-Ray drive in your Mac Pro. It can be used to read data BR Discs (and write them if you have a program like Toast)

    But as MacDawg said you cannot play BR video titles without booting into Windows using Bootcamp or a virtual machine.
    No. Not for OS X. The DRM required for Blu-Ray must be built into the OS, so a third party solution is not possible. You'll have to wait for Apple to add support for Blu-Ray video discs.
  5. cseeman macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2006
    Talk about FUD!
    Final Cut Pro 7 and Compressor 3.5 can create Blu-ray video discs complete with menu, chapters etc. Blu-ray drives can be used to burn both video and data discs. The only limitation is that the OS is not designed to handle playback of Blu-ray video discs.

    Just make sure the drive can fit in the case and has the correct cables. Many major Mac dealers like OWC sell internal Blu-ray drives for the Mac.

    Internal Blu-ray for Mac
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Hollywood Blu-ray disks. You can play what you author in Final Cut Studio.
  7. Aldaris macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2004
    Salt Lake
    Also, note that native OS X 10.5.2 has had Blu-Ray burning from the OS. The only real limitation here is playback at the moment, but I think it's safe to say apple will adopt it in the semi-near future.

    But in the meantime, who doesn't have to back up a 25-50GB iTunes Librbary every now and again right?
  8. gugucom macrumors 68020


    May 21, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    I have a BD with Vista 64 for Blu-Ray playback and I allways had Bootcamp. The BD playback software came with my drive. So all I had to do was fitting the drive and make sure Windows started into AHCI mode, which was a lengthy thing.
  9. haravikk thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    How well does it work in a Virtual Machine such as VMWare Fusion or Parallels? I use all four of my internal bays as a single software RAID so I can't boot into Windows. I have a dedicated Windows drive attached to SATA-5 (one of the spare ports behind the main fan) but the Windows doesn't seem to be bootable on that port.

    Regarding choice of drives, is there any reason to expect particular drives won't work with OS X for data-reading/burning, and for playback (in future), or should any Blu Ray drive work just as well as another in terms of compatibility, as with hard-drives?

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