Optical drive recommendations

Discussion in 'iMac' started by digitalfailure, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. digitalfailure macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    Hi Guys

    Now that the iMac is out in the wild, I need to get hold of an external optical drive, must be usb powered to reduce faffing with cables etc.

    Must be capable of at least burning dvd's, not really fussed about blu ray.

    smaller the better too so as to reduce the clutter on the desk now that the all in one is an all in two :eek:

  2. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
  3. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    I would say....

    a drive of the following brands can suffice you:

    LiteOn, Hitachi, Pioneer, LaCie, Hewlett-Packard

    But then, I cant vouch anything because the USB charging requirement:(

  4. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    I have an Apple Superdrive & move it between multiple machines when needed.
  5. digitalfailure thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    The connected usb lead put me off the Apple drive, my plan is to leave the usb cable plugged in to the back of the imac and just connect the drive or indeed other devices to the the lead as and when necessary. I have a usb portable harddrive / memory card storage drive which I back up my CF cards to when on a big job. So the aim is to just have the end of a single cable visible and plug bits in when needed.
  6. Rgladman macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2011
    Central Ohio
    USB 3.0 possible

    Now that the new iMac supports USB 3.0 I am looking at purchasing a 3.0 supported optical drive.

    There seem to be quite a few available including LaCie, Samsung and others.
  7. zhandri Suspended

    Sep 4, 2012
  8. digitalfailure thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    Thanks, :)

    Have ordered the samsung bluray drive :)
  9. Chuckstones macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2012
    Please excuse my ignorance. And I hope I am not hijacking this thread!

    But I just got let down on an order I had for the 2011 imac. So have decided to go with the new 2012 model. I was a little disappointed that it doesn't include an optical drive. So am going to purchase a 3rd party one!

    Could someone please confirm wether or not the Samsung bluray writer (mentioned in this thread)will actually play Blu-ray Discs on the imac. As I have a read conflicting reports that it will burn them but not play them!!

    I would feel a whole lot better. And will not hesitate to purchase one (as I have quite a large BD collection) if the mac will actually play them!

    Thanks in advance!
  10. JustMartin macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2012
    You need an additional program to play Blu-Ray on a Mac. Have a look for the MacGo player. That appears to do the job.
  11. Chuckstones macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2012
    Thanks Martin.

    I will check it out!;)
  12. MetalCooper macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2012
    So here is a question which I believe I already know the answer to....so if I load VMware Fusion or parallels and install a Win 7 virtual machine then plug in a Blu-Ray external drive, Windows will recognize the drive and be able to fully utilize it...correct?

    Afterall, A vm, no matter the OS, has no idea that it is virtualized.
  13. Incindium macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2009
    I was researching this on Sunday right before ordering a 2012 iMac... I'm planning on getting the same Samsung Bluray burner that was linked above.
  14. bmcgrath macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2006
    London, United Kingdom
    Not really sure there's any benefits to a USB3 optical drive...?
  15. cschmelz macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2007
    There shouldn't be as I don't believe there is any optical drive that will saturated even USB2.

    I really like support OWC. Great Mac products with good support. I got one of their USB2/Firewire Bluray readers/DVD writer setups that works great.
  16. theanimala macrumors 6502

    Mar 2, 2007
    Might as well save up for a USB3 Floppy drive at the same time, because there is no reason to wait/pay for a USB3 device that runs under USB2 speeds.
  17. photoz macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2006
    Does anyone know of an external DVD writer that writes at 16X (DVD R+/-)? All the ones recommended only do 8X.
  18. Jay9495 macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2011
    Melbourne Australia
    I got this one off eBay, USB 3.0, mac and windows and USB powered
    For $40

  19. taylord22 macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2012
    Is there a large benefit to having USB 3.0? Speedwise?

    If not, how long until there is? Just looking to future proof myself (even it means paying a small premium)
  20. Rgladman macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2011
    Central Ohio
  21. photoz macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2006

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