Where can I buy a slot loading Bluray Drive for my iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by avihappy, May 19, 2009.

  1. avihappy macrumors 6502

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    This is not related to the other bluray thread on here.

    I am looking for a slot loading Blu Ray drive (I do not want write capability) for my iMac Aluminum. I know fastmac sell a Bluray drive for $999, but that has the unnecessary write capability which jacks up the price. So, does anyone know where to get a slot loading BD-ROM for the iMac?
     
  2. avihappy thread starter macrumors 6502

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  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Since you say you only want read capability, I suspect you want to play blu-ray videos. However, even if it fits, OSx will not play blu-ray videos. Others report some success doing this with Vista via Bootcamp though.
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    well he/she will have MASSIVE troubles there (if infact trying to play movies), unless he/she will use bootcamp. there has been tons of success using bootcamp, you are pretty much ensured success - dont put any doubt in the OPs mind gee haha!

    OP: ENSURE that the iMacs drive size is 12.5mm, because if the iMac takes 9.5mm drives and you buy a 12.5mm then you are in deep trouble..i will say that the iMac uses 12.5mm but, have a search around.

    EDIT: ahh, i see the drive is a 12.7mm model.. be careful
     
  5. avihappy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    LOL, I know I will have to use boot camp! So you are saying that this drive might not fit?
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    ok few at least you know what your after :)

    there is always a slight possibility that the drives could not fit, after a quick google i found an apple premium site 'claiming' that the 12.7mm drives will fit. have a look around yourself and see how you go, if the drives are 12.7mm then you will be fine with that newegg one.
     
  7. avihappy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Further investigation brings up this Ars Technica page that says it uses a 12.7mm drive: http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/03/new-imac-promptly-stripped-to-pieces-by-ifixit.ars

    Now, will OS X recognise the drive?
     
  8. darrellishere macrumors 6502

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    I have this drive. I bought it off ebay in an external usb 2 case! £100

    I thought about putting it in my 24" imac or new mac mini, but will continue to use it as it is.

    Be carful with powerdvd 9 under bootcamp, vista and windows 7 drivers are a bit doggy saying my nvidia graphics are not supported. BS! But its still put an end to my Blu-ray watching!
     
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    there is a slight chance that it wont work, as there is with all hardware - chances are it will work though.

    osx has no troubles reading and writing to bluray discs, its just the decoding/reading of bluray MOVIES that is currently not supported (copyright issues and whatnot).
     
  10. avihappy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do think it is possible to take the iMac into an Apple Authorized Service provider and have them install the drive for me at my expense? I ask because I want to preserve the AppleCare I have.
     
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    its worth a try, the would probably charge an arm and a leg :cool:
     

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