Recommend DVD drive for Mac Pro (no riplock)!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Ben1l, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. Ben1l macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2006
    I posted on mac rumours recently about trying to remove riplock from my HL-DT-ST DVD-RW GH41N, Mac Pro 4,1, in order to speed up ripping dvd's. It seems like this isn't something that can be done unless you are practically a developer and super confident using terminal (there are no youtube walkthroughs etc).

    So... can anyone recommend a DVD drive that I can mount in the empty bay of my MP that does NOT have a riplock function and thus speed up my DVD ripping?

  2. Macsonic macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    Hi Ben1l I am not sure of any DVD burner that does not have a riplock though in my case I usually use a slower to moderate burning speed to avoid any disc errors . It's also explained HERE
    Dual layer discs are more sensitive and burning at lower speeds are usually recommended.
  3. /\/\ macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2007
    why don't you buy a Blu-Ray instead of a DVD drive?
  4. westrock2000 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2013
    Is this for extracting the image of the DVD or for transcoding from disc to video file?

    If you are transcoding, you very well could be CPU bound depending on the quality you are ripping at. You would have to do some tests by ripping from the HDD and the DVD and seeing how different they are.
  5. Ben1l thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2006
    The issue is the time it takes for me to rip DVDs rather than the time it takes to burn them.
  6. westrock2000 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2013
    Just saw your other thread. I have never experience this on my Windows computer, which has 6 optical drives...they all rip at about the same speed.

    It's interesting, and I'll have to do some testing on my Mac to see if it affects it.

    But what I was saying is are you first extracting the data from the DVD and then transcoding it to a video file, or are you transcoding directly from disc?

    I will say that my Mac Pro is significantly quitter then all my PC's :)
  7. Ben1l thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2006
    I suppose it's the transcoding is happening simultaneously. I use handbrake most of the time.
  8. gobsmacked macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2013
    Alberta, Canada
    How much time is it taking per dvd? I'm using makeMKV and it takes about 20 minutes per disc give or take a couple of minutes. I have the same drive you do. Because it's so quiet I can still work in the same room and just change discs when done. Even twice the speed wouldn't help me as I find 20 minute chunks to be enough to actually get something else done.

    Sorry I don't have a specific recommendation for a drive but maybe you want to rethink the workflow. Don't transcode while ripping if that's slowing you down. If you're trying to rip all your dvds as quickly as possible buying 3 more cheap (quiet, maybe slow) drives will quadruple the speed. If you then want to transcode do it overnight.

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