recommened Blueray DVD drives for Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by dtechlogic, May 16, 2011.

  1. dtechlogic macrumors regular

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    Hi Guys,

    Which Blue ray burne/DVD burner drive you recommend for the mac fo a great deal of a price.
     
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    do not get the pioneer bdr205 as it falls asleep and wont wake up until you restart the computer.
     
  4. elvisizer macrumors 6502

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    bdr205 works if you disable the 'put drives to sleep' option in energy saver.

    i've heard nothing but good things about that LG model that wonderspark linked to.
     
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    I never sleep my Mac, but if I did, you only have to put a disc in the BD drive and it will sleep normally, FYI.

    Also, it will play Blu-ray movies directly from the disc (even store bought ones) if you run MakeMKV for 30 seconds (to decode), hit the link to the movie file, copy and paste the address it gives into VLC, and play from there. It takes about 60 seconds total to do all that, but then it plays great (on my 30" ACD), and you don't have to navigate all the BS menus and warning screens, so I think it's actually better that Steve Jobs hates Blu-ray. I hate iTunes, so we're even.
     
  7. brosenz macrumors regular

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    I've been using with my Mac Pro 2009 the Pioneer BDR-206 and works fine. I bought at Amazon.com.
     
  8. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    LG GGW-H20L, now superseded by newer models, works flawlessly on my machine.
     
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  10. elvisizer macrumors 6502

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    correct, the -206 model does not have the sleep issue that the -205 does.
     
  11. Riot Nrrrd macrumors regular

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    I'm currently using a BDR-206BKS as an external FireWire drive on my MacBook Pro but as soon as my Mac Pro is all set up (waiting for an SSD drive) I'll probably make it an internal one replacing the existing (Not So) SuperDrive.

    So far the BDR-206 has performed flawlessly with Toast 10 Titanium. Highly recommended. Got mine for a great price at Platinum Micro.
     
  12. Hamburg macrumors newbie

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    With my new MacPro I´m using the Plextor PX-B940SA and it´s still flawless :D
     
  13. H2SO4 macrumors 68040

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    Oooohhh yes it does.

    Are you sure? What firmware is your drive running, (I'm on 1.04)? I'm assuming it's not a BDR-206D?
     
  14. Durex macrumors member

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    What about LITE-ON and ASUS drives?

    NewEgg is currently offering 15% off internal Blu-Ray drives (promo code"EMCKDKC73", expires June 8, so be quick!)

    It is hard to find the above mentioned drives; I wonder if LITE-ON or ASUS Blu-Ray drives would be okay. Is there any reason why the following would not work:

    ASUS BW-12B1LT
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135234

    LITE-ON iHBS212
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106348

    If anyone has some feedback with above drives, would love to hear it!
     
  15. Durex macrumors member

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    Thanks. There is a previous comment that there are sleep problem with the -206 Pioneer drive, and several of the other models were released >8 months ago. I was looking for more recent products, and the 15% off at NewEgg made those drives particularly good value.
     
  16. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    It looks to me like the previous comments state that there isn't a sleep problem.

     
  17. H2SO4 macrumors 68040

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    Have a look at the Apple forums, I promise you there is a sleep problem with the 206. I for one can tell you the problem is here - I have it.
     
  18. Durex macrumors member

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    Even OWC, who sell the Pioneer -206, acknowledge a sleep problem with this drive.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Pioneer/BDR206BKMP/

    The fine print under Technical Notes of the above website states:

     
  19. Durex macrumors member

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    May be a good alternative is the LG WH12LS30, it seems to be an updated model of LG WH10LS30 (which OWC sell). There have been a few good comments regarding LG drives in this thread.

    LG WH12LS30 ($99.99 - 15% discount, until 6/8)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136226

    Can anyone comment on this drive working in a 2009 Mac Pro?
     
  20. elvisizer macrumors 6502

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    yeah, it looks like the early reports of the -206 pioneer working with drive sleep were inaccurate.
    still, all you have to do is change the setting in energy saver.
    H2s04- i have the 205, the 206 comment I made was based on other people's posts around the webs, which look to be incorrect. sorry for the confusion.
     
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    +1
     
  22. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Looks like Newegg has changed the normal price of the LG to match the prior 15% ($85) and are including a 5-pack of BD-R too, so it's an even better deal today.
     
  23. Durex macrumors member

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    Good spot! Plus free shipping, makes it a fantastic deal! Very tempted to test it...
     
  24. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    I ended up buying one of the LGs. I'll test it for a few weeks and see how it goes.
     

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