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Hi to all. I'm new to the forum.

I'm searching infos for buying an internal Blu-ray burner for my macpro (early 2009).

I've got Toast 10 with the blu-ray plugin, and I want to start to record blu-ray discs for working purposes. I'd like to have a list of known burners that works fine with toast. I know that apple doesn't support this technology for now so I don't want to spend 200 euro for nothing...

Is there anybody who knows something?

 

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xlr8yourmac.com has a drive compatibility database where users report how well different drives work with their Macs. I presume it has reports from Blu-ray drive users.

 

OWC (Macsales.com) sells an internal Blu-ray drive. I believe it is part of their Black Friday sale. They are Mac specialists so what they sell works with Macs.

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xlr8yourmac.com has a drive compatibility database where users report how well different drives work with their Macs. I presume it has reports from Blu-ray drive users.

 

OWC (Macsales.com) sells an internal Blu-ray drive. I believe it is part of their Black Friday sale. They are Mac specialists so what they sell works with Macs.

 

OWC simply marks other manifacturers' burner with their logo. For example their Mercury is a Pioneer... so I can buy a pioneer...

but anyone have experience with burning Blu-ray discs on Mac?

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Almost everyone on this forum has experience with macs and blu-ray. Most of all tsantee. Off the shelf Pioneer and Samsung drives seem to work. BTW, you probably know that drive contains controllers and S/W. You may not know that these are sometimes custom modified for certain OEMs for their needs. During my work experiences, we often asked manufacturers to modify that code for our compatibility purposes - really. I don't know if OWC does that, but it would not be unusual for an OEM to do so. So the OWC drives might have more change than just different label slapped on. I'd be careful before I'd just say that Pioneer drives of certain model are all the same.

 

Actually I just received OWC catalog. They are selling Pioneer and LG brands (not re-branded) for your Mac, so those brand could work. Like I said, there still could be some subtle changes in the controller codes. I would believe it specially with Apple products. They seem to do these tricks just to force to buy overpriced products from them. Look at the horrible markups on memory modules they shamelessly add on. That is my only real problem with Apple - sometimes artificial and purposeful restriction of the use of generic replacement of enhancement parts or add-ons.

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Almost everyone on this forum has experience with macs and blu-ray. Most of all tsantee. Off the shelf Pioneer and Samsung drives seem to work. BTW, you probably know that drive contains controllers and S/W. You may not know that these are sometimes custom modified for certain OEMs for their needs. During my work experiences, we often asked manufacturers to modify that code for our compatibility purposes - really. I don't know if OWC does that, but it would not be unusual for an OEM to do so. So the OWC drives might have more change than just different label slapped on. I'd be careful before I'd just say that Pioneer drives of certain model are all the same.

 

Actually I just received OWC catalog. They are selling Pioneer and LG brands (not re-branded) for your Mac, so those brand could work. Like I said, there still could be some subtle changes in the controller codes. I would believe it specially with Apple products. They seem to do these tricks just to force to buy overpriced products from them. Look at the horrible markups on memory modules they shamelessly add on. That is my only real problem with Apple - sometimes artificial and purposeful restriction of the use of generic replacement of enhancement parts or add-ons.

Well, so you think that I could have problems if I'll buy an LG burner (like the BH08LS20) for my macpro? I need to buy for a work to do the next week...

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You may have problem, you may not. What I am saying, that OWC tests it, and possibly modifies it, and stands behind it, so you are not taking major chances, and return it if there is a problem. That is what you are paying extra for. If you buy generic, it will likely work, but no one will guarantee compatibility, so I would buy it somewhere where I can return it without penalty if the drive is not compatible. Remember that peripheral manufacturers change software code without notice sometimes to fix one problem and cause another (read this forum about the issues people discover with Toast every time something gets "fixed"), so even if particular model works, it may not work the same if you buy another one some time later. OEMs will generally not let them do that without notice and re-test. I don't want to exaggerate the issue, it will probably work, but there might be subtle modes or conditions under which it may have problem, which you might not discover for some time. OWC, whose business is compatibility with Macs is more likely to fix it or at least test it initially. If I were you I'd buy it where I can return it within 30 days or so.

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You may have problem, you may not. What I am saying, that OWC tests it, and possibly modifies it, and stands behind it, so you are not taking major chances, and return it if there is a problem. That is what you are paying extra for. If you buy generic, it will likely work, but no one will guarantee compatibility, so I would buy it somewhere where I can return it without penalty if the drive is not compatible. Remember that peripheral manufacturers change software code without notice sometimes to fix one problem and cause another (read this forum about the issues people discover with Toast every time something gets "fixed"), so even if particular model works, it may not work the same if you buy another one some time later. OEMs will generally not let them do that without notice and re-test. I don't want to exaggerate the issue, it will probably work, but there might be subtle modes or conditions under which it may have problem, which you might not discover for some time. OWC, whose business is compatibility with Macs is more likely to fix it or at least test it initially. If I were you I'd buy it where I can return it within 30 days or so.

Well, I'm going to give a try to the LG BH08LS20 because in this moment of my life I can't spend 350 USD to try a OWC burner. I'll post my results here, so everybody will have my experience to help. I've bought the retail version...

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Wow, they sure overprice the OWC drives in your area. I see an OWC advertising LG drive (don't know the model) for much less ($175) here: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/LG/WH08LS20K/ . About $18 more buys Mac Pro installation kit. $ 300- 350 or so is for external drives with multiple interfaces, enclosures, power supply and sometimes even Toast. I found out that Toast never burns any faster than 5x speed, mostly 1-3x, so getting very fast drives just costs more in both drives and media.

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Wow, they sure overprice the OWC drives in your area. I see an OWC advertising LG drive (don't know the model) for much less ($175) here: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/LG/WH08LS20K/ . About $18 more buys Mac Pro installation kit. $ 300- 350 or so is for external drives with multiple interfaces, enclosures, power supply and sometimes even Toast. I found out that Toast never burns any faster than 5x speed, mostly 1-3x, so getting very fast drives just costs more in both drives and media.

ahem... you're right! I've just seen the external ones... :) But owc is overseas for me... so I preferred to choose simply a model burner and to buy it from a local dealer...

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