Help installing Blu Ray drive in Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MikeFightNight, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. MikeFightNight macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2009
    I just bought a brand new quad core Mac pro and will be putting a blu ray player in it. I did install 3 extra hardrives on my Mac Pro but that was pretty damn easy. I have read that I will be having to do some dissasembley in order to connect the Blu ray drive to the SATA connectors, which has me a little worried. I have never done this before and am wondering if any of you could direct me to a good tutorial on the subject.
  2. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    you realize that blu-ray isn't supported in OSX? you'll have to run windows for it to be recognized as anything more than a DVD drive.

    send a personal message to gugocom. he is the man you need to talk to.
  3. Msbeezy macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2009
    It's actually quite simple..go to OWC and find the video instruction there.
    Depending on the drive (I used a Pioneer BDR-203) you simply remove the door cover, remove the interior sled holding the drive(s) by pulling it out,secure the drive into the sled with 4 screws,plug the sata and power connector into the back and re-insert the
  4. rtrt, Oct 11, 2009
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2011
  5. gugucom macrumors 68020


    May 21, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    Its pretty easy on the mechanical side with the 2009 Mac Pro. All you have to do is install an additional SATA BD-ROM or burner or replace the DVD burner with it.

    I have done the replacement. I do not see a benefit in having a Superdrive in addition to the BDD. My LG GCC-H20L is basically a Superdrive with OS X plus Blu-Ray with Windows. The combined SATA and power connector in the 2009 Mac Pro fits the Blu-Ray drive equally as the Superdrive.

    My Vista 64 runs on a separate Intel x-25 SSD off the second ODD-SATA port and located in the second ODD bay. This setup is not mandatory for Blu-Ray but optional. You can run Windows on an additional partition from your OS X drive, or you can run it on a dedicated HDD as well. The Windows drive can be in the second optical bay or in any of the four HDD bays. A problem exists with installed SW RAID arrays. You have to take them out temporarily if you want to install Windows.

    For my installation I also install the AHCI high performance driver. Some people think you don't need them but I found I need them for my software.
  6. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    What happens if u install the blu-ray drive and stick a BR movie in there on osx?
  7. MikeFightNight thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2009
    Thank you guys for the quick replies, but i'm a little confused. Are you telling me I can't burn blu ray's discs using OS X? I just want to be able to burn them not watch them. I mean compressor has the option to burn Blu ray discs (I have the newer version of Final Cut Studio).

    Also one thing i'm a little fuzzy on also is the difference between the HD DVD option and the blu ray option. I just put my video file in Compressor to be made into a blu ray file so that I could burn it using DVD studio pro. However near the end of the process it asked me to insert a blu ray disc so it could be burned? What if I wanted to add menus to it and stuff with DVD Studio? does it not support Blu ray burning?

    Also how would an external drive work, the same way right?
  8. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    When I insert a blank BR disk, OS X detects it and asks whether I want to use it. I haven't actually tried to burn a disk, but I assume that it'll work. It does of course read existing disks.
  9. MikeFightNight thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2009
    Well I would hope so since compressor says it can burn blu rays.
  10. TheStrudel macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2008
    OS X burns Blu-rays just fine, as does Toast. I've used both. DVD studio pro will not recognize or burn Blu-rays; its HD-DVD functionality is burning an HD-DVD file structure to an ordinary DVD disc that can be played back in HD-DVD players. Not so helpful.

    As I understand it - I don't have FCS3 - Compressor will allow you to burn straight video discs or use generic menus, much like Toast will. You do not have access to the kind of functionality DVD Studio Pro offers.

    Putting a video Blu-ray in OS X will just cause it to sit there on the desktop. If it is not copy-protected (that is, not commercial), you can use playback software such as Plex to play it.
  11. gugucom macrumors 68020


    May 21, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    I don't burn BDs because I do not have a burner. But there have been plenty of threads confirming that burning is no problem under OS X with the right SW.
  12. MikeFightNight thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2009
    Hey stupid me. all you have to do is go to Share under File in Final Cut Pro and boom, blu ray burning is an option. You can even make basic menus from there. Problem solved. I love macs. You guys are awesome also.
  13. 4evaMacnLinux macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2011
    you're wrong because I have an LG WH10LS30 installed on my mac pro quad 2011. It reads and writes BD perfectly fine, I've also watch BD with it through VLC 1.1.9, but I have to rip it first with Mac blurayripper pro 1.0.4 then the m2ts file could be play by vlc :DDDDDDDD. I never ever have to boot into windows ever to watch BD :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
  14. Cindori macrumors 68040


    Jan 17, 2008

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