Blu-ray drive

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by pMad, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. pMad macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2008
    Can anyone suggest a good drive for ripping blue-ray discs? (I have a 2008 iMac)

    Also, regular rips are roughly 1 GB.
    How large are blu-ray rips?
  2. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Blu-Ray are 25 GB per layer, some disks are dual layer.

    Handbrake if size is a concern.
  3. mic j macrumors 68030

    Mar 15, 2012
    I have a Plextor USB powered read only drive. Works great. My advice...don't spend a lot of money.
  4. mpress03 macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2012
    I bought one off eBay that is read only for a little over $40. It takes two USB ports (one for power and one for data) but works great.
  5. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    my rips are 20 - 40 GB each, depends on the movie.
    So far I haven't figured out any way to predict which ones will be 20 and which ones will be 40.
    Length seems to only play a minor part.
  6. jailwut wunnow macrumors member

    May 25, 2011
    I picked up the Sony BC-5640H internal drive for my 2009 mini. Plug n play. Should/could work in the iMac. Now I can rip bluray with MakeMKV then flip an HD version using Handbrake; AppleTV 2 preset for 720p or Apple 3 preset for 1080p. It's also a burner so...
  7. guitarmandp macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2012
    Problem is the copyright protection is ridiculous on BluRay's
  8. itickings macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
    May so be, but I still haven't (personally) encountered a bluray MakeMKV couldn't rip.

    Good thing too, because about one in twenty of those "Digital Copies" many discs boast about on the cover actually work...
  9. JoeBlow74 macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2012

    ASUS sells a DVD writer/Blu-Ray reader combo drive for $75 at Fry's. I have also seen it on Amazon for the same price. This drive is a full DVD writer and only reads BD disks. It is USB powered only. Way better than the built-in DVD combo drive Apple puts into their iMacs.
  10. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Got a USB powered external drive for 20$ on Ebay BR reader/DVD writer. Works well so far. Can't complain at such a price.
  11. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    I also have not found a disk that couldn't be ripped with MakeMKV. The most creative attempt I have found was a disk that had something like 20 different versions of the main movie file. Apparently only one was valid with the others each having "blacked out" scenes at random places. I simply found a post in the MakeMKV forum where someone had figured out which file it was and I still got a good rip. But that only happened once. Otherwise, everything I've thrown at it has worked like a charm.

    I'm just using a Lite-on BD reader (it's in a Hackintosh) but is pretty old, so I would guess almost any BD drive is going to work just fine. No need to spend a lot.

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