Thunderbolt DVD Drives - do they exist and any difference in speed?

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  1. GizmoDVD macrumors 65816

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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?
     
  2. g4cube macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    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.
     
  4. GizmoDVD thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ok, thanks. Figured I would ask before I just bought an Apple branded superdrive.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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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).
     
  6. satcomer macrumors 603

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    I bought the Blu-Ray version version here at OWC and it lasted me now through 3 versions of OS X!
     
  7. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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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.
     
  8. Muttznuttz macrumors newbie

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