I have the OWC Mercury Pro 16X External Blu-Ray Burner, and it has worked great for the past year. Yesterday, while watching a Blu-Ray disc in Mac Blu-Ray Player, the movie froze suddenly. I quit everything, restarted the computer, and continued playing from a bit before where it froze. It went through the same spot fine. A few minutes later it froze again. This time I quit everything, verified and repaired disc permissions, and reset the P-Ram upon restart, and then continued again from a bit before the second freeze spot. This time the film completed successfully. Today, while ripping a DVD using Handbrake, it froze during the process. So now I know it's definitely something hardware related. I restarted that rip, and it finished fine, and I'm doing another one right now which is going fine so far. Could it be the USB 3.0 cable? Could dust inside a cable socket anywhere cause this kind of thing? To the best of your knowledge, what might the problem be? Thank you so much!