When my Xbox HD DVD drive wouldn’t mount under windows inside of VM Ware (gosh, why would I need that?) I decided to pick up the LG GGW-H20L. It is a Super Multi-Blue optical drive that reads basically every disc format including Blu-ray and HD DVD and also burns Blu-ray RW’s and RE’s. I picked mine up a the local Fry’s Electronics here in Vegas for around $250.
Here’s a tip: if you want one get it NOW! In case you haven’t heard HD DVD is dead and LG doesn’t make this drive any more.
Installing it is tricky because this drive has a sata connection and the Mac Pro’s standard connection for optical drives is Ultra-ATA. There are two ways to install a Sata optical drive: First there are some kits which include an Ultra-ATA to Sata adaptor that plugs into the back of the unit and then provides a sata connector. But I’ve found these a little hard to install as the cables don’t really lock in and come loose too easily when sliding the drive bay back into the mac. Also I’m a littleÂ leeryÂ of using the interface adaptor with one fear being a speed loss, although it’s probably fine.
The second install method is to use one of the unused sata connectors on the Mac Pro motherboard. This is aÂ slightlyÂ more involved process because the sata connectors are hard to get to. But it’s no match for a phillips screwdriver. If you’re game I’ve worked up a how-to guide with lots of photos. It isÂ christeningÂ the new guides section of the site… Â >>READ…
6 thoughts on “A Blu-ray Drive in a Mac Pro?”
Death to physical media!!!
What's the alternative again?
"it's no match for a phillips screwdriver" -lol
I want a drive that will read SACD not HD-DVD. Bueller? Bueller?
There's this thing called the internet, it's amazing. TiVo, Amazon, iTunes, Netflix…
Ahhh, so your plan is that every time I want to watch something I should download it all over again?
OR is your suggestion that we download it once, like music, and then store it on some physical media?
Oh, AND you're suggesting that I should be satisfied with the quality level on downloaded movies.. like 5mps? You HAVE to see how good movies look on my new 1080p projector. Low bandwidth movies are no longer acceptable. Bluray is like 5 times the quality of any download.
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