It's 2010, thoughts on retrofitting a slimline bluray drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Accel Junky, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. Accel Junky macrumors newbie

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    I did a little reading and saw the really expensive superdrive that was available (like $999) a couple years back for Macbook's.

    Flash forward a couple of years and I'm wondering what possibilities there are now. I currently have an extra magsafe adapter, 2TB external drive and an external 5.25" bluray drive in my entertainment center. I just "dock" my 2010 MBP and boot into Win7 to playback and rip blurays (I do not pirate, basically I rent bluray by mail one-at-a-time and then rip immediately so that I can mail it back and get the next one. I then watch at my convenience and delete the ISO afterwards.)

    I was thinking, it sure would be nice to replace the MBP HDD with a 1TB 2.5" and then replace the optical drive with a slim bluray slot load. I've seen a few SATA slim 12.7mm slotloads from Panasonic and Sony, but I don't know what the possibility is that they will fit or whether OSX will be able to recognize at least the DVD capability. Win7 in bootcamp would not be a problem I'd think for the bluray portion. Anyways, this would make my MBP still serve as my mediapc but without all of the external stuff.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. gorjan macrumors 6502

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    As far as I know there shouldn't be any problems reading BD in OS X. You just can't watch movies as OS X doesn't have HDCP built in. (Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is Jobs' "bag of hurt" of BD licensing.)
     
  3. Accel Junky thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool, aside from a sata slim slot load thin enough, this was my other big worry. Just wanted to make sure that OSX could use the DVD/CD capabilities of the drive. Then again, I guess driver's would be a concern unless OSX has some sort of basic drivers it could utilize?
     
  4. jlc1978, Nov 11, 2010
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    You can watch BD on a Mac but it requires some contortions using software to either rip the BD or stream the file and playing via VLC.
     

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