USB Blu-Ray for Retina MPB?

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  1. Dokk macrumors regular

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    Hi folks,

    My rMBP is coming in soon and I was wondering if anyone has purchased a USB Blu-Ray for theirs. All of the bus-powered modes I can find have two USB plugs (one for data, one for power ... allegedly). On the rMBP, there aren't two USB ports next to each other -- instead, the two ports are on opposite sides of the computer.

    Now, most of the BR drives *should* be able to run off just one USB plug, but I was wondering if anyone can confirm success with this. If you've gotten one to work with just one plug, which model? I've been looking at these:

    Samsung: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SE-50.../B006B7R9QE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345087675

    LG: http://www.amazon.com/LG-Portable-B.../B006X2HD2M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345087772

    OWC: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MRSSBD6X/

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. cardsdoc macrumors 6502

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    I bought the LG and it works off just one of the rmbp usb ports.
     
  3. stoplis macrumors regular

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    I have the samsung one (but bd reader only) and it runs fine off just one USB, but when I tried a longer single cable it wouldn't work so make sure you use the cable that comes with it.
     
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  5. Dokk thread starter macrumors regular

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    Awesome! Thanks for the responses, y'all. I'll order one of them tomorrow. :)
     
  6. GoreVidal macrumors 6502a

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    I bought that Samsung Bluray burner/reader for $50 off ebay and have been using it with all my Macs without any issues.
     
  7. sciguy macrumors newbie

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    Am also getting a rMBP soon, waiting for the delivery. Read some of the reviews on the samsung se-506ab and the lg bp40ns20, some mac users did mention it's possible to power it up only with 1 usb connection but some claims 2 is a must.

    Hence would really wish the owners of rMBP with samsung or lg bluray external drive give me some advice. Would it be 1 usb for read only and 2 usb if u want to burn cd/dvd/bd
     
  8. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    How long would a USB2 blu-ray burner take to write a 25GB disc? I cringe to think!
     
  9. Newbie MacUser macrumors member

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    I just bought this ASUS which has pretty good reviews on amazon!

    I just bought the ASUS SBC-06D2X-U External Slim Blu-ray Combo
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/843681-REG/ASUS_SBC_06D2X_U_SBC_06D2X_U_External_Slim_Blu_ray.html

    It was only $79.99 w/ FREE Shipping and a $20 MIR = $59.99

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    You could get one of the big clunky looking USB 3.0 Blu-ray writers?
     
  10. rrm998 macrumors regular

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    I have the Samsung drive. It works fine with a single usb plug so long as I'm just reading discs. Works directly from the rMBP, from the TB monitor hub, or my powered USB 2.0 Hub.

    If I wish to burn discs, I have to have both USB plugs plugged in or I get a message that a device is trying to draw too much power.

    I've had success in plugging the power-only USB plug into an USB charger (used the iPad charger, for example) to provide the second connection.
     
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  12. RMSko macrumors 6502

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    You can also get a usb extender for one of the usb connectors, if you ever need to use the second connection. I do that with my DVD player and it works great.
     
  13. kakwvu macrumors newbie

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    Are there USB 3.0 drives out yet? I hadn't seen any in my searches.
     
  14. sciguy macrumors newbie

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    Thx for the clarification. I believe all the usb powered drives work that way too. 1 usb for read only and 2 for writing disc. Still deciding samsung or lg slim drive, but will get the usb extension incase my usb battery charger hub not working (max 1.2A)
     
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