MP 7,1 Will you miss the optical drive?

eyeangle

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Streaming music and movies isn't for everybody. I prefer the optimum quality of CDs and Blu-rays so I'm gonna miss it.
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Alex Sanders74

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The external solution is good for me. Use the drive in my 5.1 from time to time and I get the lack of convenience for sure, but there are workarounds. The day may come where optical discs are non existent... Then I might be more irritated.
 

orph

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I think lot's of us have pulled the optical drive to run SSD's in the DVD bay, I keep telling myself that I need to pick up a cheap external drive on Amazon (there under £20!) or a Blu-ray writer for backups and films but it's been over 2 years and iv not done it yet.
last time I did pull one out was for windows 10 install.

maybe if my amplifier had an optical-in I'd use my macpro for more media like audio/blue ray discs.

I do like Blu-ray films, my eyesight is still good and watching old films you can see the film scratches and grain so maybe when i upgrade my amplifier.

still using a teac AG 980 amp (how i get audio from my macpro :))

PS I do want a blue ray drive for backups of video projects I do, mixed media backups is always a good idea.
just been to lazy to do it
 

machenryr

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I still need one. But I’m using one of the optical bays for a SSD. I have a music studio. I need to burn CDs from time to time.
 

countershading

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Won’t miss the internal optical drive as I burn all the files of each project on one 50GB Blu-Ray on an external writer and then if I ever need it I have to move the writer itself along with the Blu-Ray disc to another machine anyway (because most of my machines don’t have an optical drive and none have Blu-Ray.

So even the best internal optical drive wouldn’t be of much use.
 

kohlson

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Won't miss them one little bit. The 2 SATA connectors in my cMP are connected to drives. I have an external LG BD burner connected over USB3 for those very occasional times I need one.
 
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LorenK

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Dec 26, 2007
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I didn't even notice, I was too hung up on the price and other things. I have two in my 5,1, and at one time they were useful and will be when I get around to transferring my few thousand media discs, but in the meantime, life goes on.
 

Sharky II

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Jan 6, 2004
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Music will be streaming 24bit 96KHz soon enough, so CDs won't really be able to deal with that anyway. HD CDs or Blu-ray music never caught on, so...
 

MisterAndrew

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An internal optical drive is convenient, but I don’t mind using an external drive. I didn’t use it on the 5,1 much anyways. I like having one in the MBP though. It’s convenient for watching DVDs traveling or going camping.
 

MSastre

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Aug 18, 2014
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Nope. I can't even tell you the last time I used an optical drive. They just don't hold enough information anymore and aren't of practical use for most modern workflows.

I still have a 6 CD player in my vehicle, so 'roll my own" CDs and listen to what I want. Also do some video work and some people still like DVDs.
 

Slash-2CPU

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Dec 14, 2016
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I rip my Blu-Rays to put on my Plex server. I’ll kind of miss the optical Bay.

I’ll be pulling my LibreDrive-enabled 4K Blu-Ray ripping drive out of the 4,1-5,1 and putting it into my media server. The 7,1 will do the Handbrake processing directly from a shared directory on the media server.
 

eyeangle

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ASUS BW-16D1HT with firmware 3.10 LibreDrive patched.
Can you tell me how to get firmware 3.10 LibreDrive patched? I have Firmware Revision: 3.00
...and what does 3.10 LibreDrive patched actually do? I seem to be able to rip Blu-rays completely fine. Even ripped a 4K UHD one before. I've got licensed version of MakeMKV.
 

MIKX

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I use an ASUS external drive. works great. My PSU also runs a few degrees cooler with the whole DVD drive cage removed.