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Old 28-09-2013, 10:33
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Any recommendations for a BluRay burner preferably usb that will work on a machine running windows 8 64 bit.
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Old 28-09-2013, 23:21
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I have a LG internal one, been no problem at all, so if I was int he market for a external blu-ray writer, it would be a LG one, something like this one maybe or something a bit lower priced, like this one
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Old 29-09-2013, 10:40
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I have a TDK USB external writer which contains a Pioneer laptop mechanism. I suspect most similar products are the same drive, so it matters little which you go for, Indeed the second LG linked to above appears physically almost identical to the TDK/Pioneer.
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Old 29-09-2013, 12:37
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Any recommendations for a BluRay burner preferably usb that will work on a machine running windows 8 64 bit.
I'd just link to point out that a lot of people don't actually need a BluRay drive, as most media is stored on a hard disk and streamed these days.
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Old 29-09-2013, 13:20
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I'd just link to point out that a lot of people don't actually need a BluRay drive, as most media is stored on a hard disk and streamed these days.
Blue-ray burner the OP requires, so I presume he wants to burn Blue-ray for some reason. i got a Blue-ray burner which I use, the one problem I have is the blank media is still not that cheap. Ok compared to what hey hold, it works out cheaper than DVD for storage, but not for video.

a lot of people still don't have the speed to stream HD, and they don't have the equipment to play from hard drive either. Also a optical disk is still the best way to send video over to someone, you would not want to upload a 15Gb file to someone.
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Old 29-09-2013, 13:59
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Blanks are cheap enough @70p each these days, blank DVD's @ 15p each. Remember though you can fit about 5 DVD's on a Blue ray disk so cost wise the there is little or no difference per Gb in terms of cost.

The big difference is that you loose a lot more data when a blue ray disk fails so be careful what you back up and back up the back up if the data is important. To be honest I don't use my writer a lot these days, I've pretty much stuck to using DVD's and hard drives for back up.
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Old 29-09-2013, 14:59
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Any recommendations for a BluRay burner preferably usb that will work on a machine running windows 8 64 bit.
None specific, just remember that you will need need USB 3 or an internal, to get the most out of your blu-ray writer. USB 2 may slow things down.

They are of course fast at DVD-R burning too.
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Old 29-09-2013, 20:15
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The last time i looked Blue-ray disks was a bit more than 70p.

Try putting a HD Video on DVD, you will not get that long on it and yes it is possible.
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Old 29-09-2013, 20:16
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None specific, just remember that you will need need USB 3 or an internal, to get the most out of your blu-ray writer. USB 2 may slow things down.

They are of course fast at DVD-R burning too.
no you don't, a blue-ray writer will work fine with USB2 as long as it is the only device on that hub, even if there is something else like a mouse, it will work fine
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Old 29-09-2013, 20:54
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no you don't, a blue-ray writer will work fine with USB2 as long as it is the only device on that hub, even if there is something else like a mouse, it will work fine
I think the point being made was that high speed Blu-ray writing can easily surpass the maximum data throughput of USB 2.0.

Yes, of course it will still work at lower speeds, but with real world throughput of a USB 2.0 device topping out at around 300 Mbps you'll be limited to 8x Blu-ray writing at best, and possibly even 6x max.
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Old 30-09-2013, 01:27
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The last time i looked Blue-ray disks was a bit more than 70p.

Try putting a HD Video on DVD, you will not get that long on it and yes it is possible.

Googled BD disks today and now down as low as 59p each, go and search for yourself.

If your going to buy any external drive these days go for USB 3, it makes a heck of a difference.
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Old 30-09-2013, 04:48
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no you don't, a blue-ray writer will work fine with USB2 as long as it is the only device on that hub, even if there is something else like a mouse, it will work fine
I think the point being made was that high speed Blu-ray writing can easily surpass the maximum data throughput of USB 2.0.

Yes, of course it will still work at lower speeds, but with real world throughput of a USB 2.0 device topping out at around 300 Mbps you'll be limited to 8x Blu-ray writing at best, and possibly even 6x max.
Yes, that was my point.

However, in practice, I've found that usb 2 will transfer single files of data at a maximum of 23MB/s (HDD to external HDD) whereas I get anywhere between 80 and 110MB/s with USB 3, depending on file fragmentation etc.

That effectively limits me on USB 2 to roughly 4x BD-R writing speeds - sometimes a bit more - so of course, I bought a USB 3 upgrade card and now the sky's the limit (well 16x BD-R but I've never tried that).
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