External BR writer

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  1. iRock1 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I need a Blu-Ray writer to connect it to my iMac late 2009. Since this model doesn't have USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt, I think FW800 is the best way to go in terms of speed

    What are the best alternatives out there?


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  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Depends on how speed-sensitive you are to the burning of discs. If you're in a hurry and need faster than about 8X, then yes, you need to go FireWire with that computer. This model from OWC is a 15X with FireWire:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MRF8BDSD15X/

    15X is around 4GB per minute write speed.

    Comparing cost, performance, and size to this 6X USB 2.0 model:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MRSSBDR6X/

    That will burn around 1.6GB per minute.

    So if you're burning 25GB discs to capacity, the first option will fill a disk in 7 or so minutes, including finalizing. The second will take around 16-17 minutes.
     
  3. iRock1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Do all these BD writers need a power cable? I was hoping to find something fast and ready to work using the FW800 connection only.


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  4. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Looks like you have to pick fast or bus-powered, nothing out there with both that I can find.
     
  5. iRock1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, if I'm forced to choose I'd rather go with a bus-powered model.

    Now, I've heard that this kind of slim models tend to fail more often than the ones with the typical bulky design, because of the way it's built. Is this true?


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  6. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Couldn't say. I use a bus-powered version, at the price I didn't worry too much about longevity. They keep getting cheaper so if I have to replace it in a year or two, so be it. I don't burn though, just read - I'm trying to get rid of my optical media, not add to it :)
     
  7. iRock1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, it makes sense.

    Anyway, do you know some FW800-powered model? I don't think USB 2.0 is the way to go. :-/
     
  8. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    At 6X burn speeds, USB 2.0 is fast enough.
     
  9. iRock1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I see.

    And what do you think about LG? I can buy different models from this brand in the local store. On the other hand, I would need to import the models that you recommended before.

    To be honest I don't want to wait much longer, but I need to know if is acceptable or not to buy LG. If it's crap, I'd rather go with OWC no matter the waiting.


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