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GizmoDVD

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I'm looking to copy hundreds of DVDs to an internal HDD. Do Thunderbolt DVD Drives exist and if so do they make any difference?
 

g4cube

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While possible to cobble one, there is no need too. USB 3.0 is plenty fast enough.

Why?

Speed is limited by what optical drives can deliver from the media.
 

maflynn

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Thunderbolt DVD Drives exist and if so do they make any difference?
I'd say no, because there's really no need for them. Optical drives are a dying breed, and Thunderbolt is not universally accepted so why create an optical drive that will be much more expensive, for a need that is probably in the niche category at this stage.
 

GizmoDVD

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Ok, thanks. Figured I would ask before I just bought an Apple branded superdrive.
 

Fishrrman

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Gizmo wrote:
"Figured I would ask before I just bought an Apple branded superdrive."

DON'T spend extra $$$ on the Apple-labeled superdrive.

You will do much MUCH better to just buy a 3rd-party DVD drive, USB3 (or even USB2).

Be aware that the Apple-labeled Superdrive doesn't work with all Macs (at least to my knowledge).
 

steve62388

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Most external drives don't even top out USB2 speeds. Real world USB2 can handle 35MB/s, for DVDs 1x = 1.385MB/s, so you can see in most cases they would never swamp the interface. This is why most drive manufacturers don't normally bother with USB3 and Thunderbolt would be huge overkill.
 
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