Blu ray drives

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Soura2112, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. Soura2112 macrumors 6502

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    Yes I know Steve Jobs doesn't want blu ray drives for some strange reason, I'm sure he has odd one.

    Can you add a blu ray drive in the 2nd DVD/CD drive bay? If so does it work well?

    Or does it have to be external?

    I would like blu ray in my Mac that simple, mainly for storage, and maybe if I find a way to burn HD home movies. I read other ways to get HD on DVD but that's not exactly what I want.

    I'm not jumping ship, but all these external drives take up a lot of room.

    Thanks.
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You just can't play Bluray movies on OS X; you need to install Windows either via BootCamp or in a VM to play those.

    For data, any SATA Bluray drive will work.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Actually, you can.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=841318

    And you can always rip them to suitable format and then watch if that other method doesn't work. But yes, any SATA drive should work.
     
  4. SmilesLots macrumors regular

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    I have a Pro 1,1 that i put a Sony Blu ray burner in and it has done well for 3+ years now. But I do have to use software to rip blu=ray movies if I want to watch them on the computer.
     
  5. Soura2112 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Back up

    I am not really looking to watch movies, I want to use blu ray discs as back ups for iTunes and iPhoto mainly. External drives die eventually, I like discs. I have a huge amount of pictures and movies, I do back up, but I would like a back up on a blu ray disc, or if USB sticks went down in price big time! Anything 50GB or more, I still would need a lot of blu ray discs. Also with digital copies out now I need even more room.
     
  6. DualShock macrumors 6502

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    One other thing to note with internal Blu-Ray drives for Mac Pro's. There have been reports of wake from sleep problems and random drive seeking noises with a Blu-Ray drive installed.
     
  7. astupiddream macrumors newbie

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    I have a LG WH10LS30 in my 2010 Mac Pro, and it seems to work just fine. I was able to burn a playable (in my PS3) video disc.

    I haven't had sleep issues, but I do get drive seeking noises unless I have a disc in there (though I'm still testing that out).

    My dog freaks out whenever my drives make noise so I'm hoping just keeping a disc in there will let him calm down.
     
  8. 98707 macrumors regular

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    I have an early 2008 model Mac Pro that still uses IDE optical drives! I purchased a LG UH10LS20 blu-ray combo drive and this koutech ide to sata adapter.. It fits SO snug I wouldnt want anything else.. except in mac os x and windows it detects the ide and the sata signal.. so it lists three disks under the device manager.. when I eject one of them.. nothing happens.. the other one it works fine. The option eject works fine in windows and mac os x for the 2nd drive, my blu ray.

    Yes, I get random drive seeking on it.
     
  9. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    No thanks to Apple. :rolleyes: ;)

    Unfortunately, it's also rather convoluted to get it to work (might be frustrating for those that aren't all that computer savvy, particularly if they can't get it to work). :(

    Still likely an easier way to go though, and has some other options/uses, such as tossing the ripped file on a laptop to watch while on a long flight. :)

    You can use it as an archival media, such as making copies of your iTunes and iPhoto files in a MP (but OS X can't play copyrighted Blu Ray material natively, as Apple's never licensed the technology).
     
  10. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I didn't say it's simple :p However, Cave Man has said that it wouldn't require much work from e.g. Plex developers to integrate Blu-Ray playback to their piece of software to enable one-click playback by using the method he described in that thread (or something similar). I think he even contacted Plex devs but they said they are not interested about it.

    But wouldn't you prefer carrying a 5.25" external Blu-Ray player and a suitcase full of Blu-Rays in an airplane? :D;) They are so spacious
     
  11. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    But since they're not interested, its still a bit on the convoluted/confusing side for novice users to get done properly, since Apple won't give users what they want (not surprised of course, given their history). :rolleyes: :(

    Certainly. I'll be happy to let them confiscate my movies and player so they can watch them in the break room, while I get hauled off to the pokey. :eek: :p
     
  12. Tom Sawyer macrumors 6502a

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    I'm having that exact problem with my 2010 MP. Installed a UH10LS20 (LG) drive, works great but no sleep and the drive makes random and rather annoying noises. The thing that really adds insult to injury is that I can boot up in Windows 7 and my MP goes to sleep with no problem. And no sqeeks and peeps out of the blu-ray drive.

    Needless to say it's a bit of a bummer as I would prefer my machine to go to sleep on it's own. Now interestingly enough, if I have disc in the drive, no noises and my machine will sleep.

    I guess I'll just have to leave a disc in the drive. Annoying workaround, but it addresses both issues.
     
  13. mif macrumors regular

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    Same difference. I bought a newer hp-drive. Works great.
     
  14. Tom Sawyer macrumors 6502a

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    No issues with sleep (with no disc in the drive) or noises at random moments?
     
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