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I'm looking for a blu ray writer for my PC to backup camcorder video clips of my daughter. The content is priceless (her birth date, first food, first crawl, etc.), so I want a reliable one. I saw this LG one at Best Buy: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/LG+-+BE12LU38+External+Blu-ray+Writer+-+Retail+Pack/4146708.p?id=1218456867987&skuId=4146708&st=blu%20ray%20writer&cp=1&lp=4

However, my PC does not have esata. Would USB too slow to backup data?

I have an external hard drive I'm also backing up to. Want another means of backup though.

Thanks in advance.
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USB is too slow for an external blu-ray writer. However, there are a few externals that use TWO usb cables to connect, thus doubling the speed. However, IMO, usb is not a very reliable connection. I had an external dvd burner that had both usb and firewire. The usb connection would get me failed discs about 1 out of every 6 times. The firewire would never have any hiccups.
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USB is too slow for an external blu-ray writer. However, there are a few externals that use TWO usb cables to connect, thus doubling the speed. However, IMO, usb is not a very reliable connection. I had an external dvd burner that had both usb and firewire. The usb connection would get me failed discs about 1 out of every 6 times. The firewire would never have any hiccups.

???? USB2 or USB3 is definitely fast enough for a blu-ray drive. Portable drives that use 2 USB cables don't do it for higher data throughput but rather for additional electrical power. A single USB port can only put out 5 Watts. You should be able to write Blu-Ray at 4X or 5X and DVD at up to 8X. Is there a reason for wanting an external? Your OP says PC, an internal is cheaper and faster.

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???? USB2 or USB3 is definitely fast enough for a blu-ray drive. Portable drives that use 2 USB cables don't do it for higher data throughput but rather for additional electrical power. A single USB port can only put out 5 Watts. You should be able to write Blu-Ray at 4X or 5X and DVD at up to 8X. Is there a reason for wanting an external? Your OP says PC, an internal is cheaper and faster.

Well, I don't know how to install an internal. I'd have to mess with taking my PC (a 24" all in one) up to Best Buy, leaving it there, and having them charge an arm and leg for something that probably takes them 10 minutes to do.
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If you have a tower you ought consider internal. Your wallet and resulting disks will thank you. Installing an optical drive doesn't take much more than a Phillips screwdriver generally. Here are some YouTube tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=install+an+optical+drive&page=&utm_source=opensearch

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If you have a tower you ought consider internal. Your wallet and resulting disks will thank you. Installing an optical drive doesn't take much more than a Phillips screwdriver generally. Here are some YouTube tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=install+an+optical+drive&page=&utm_source=opensearch

I do not have a tower--I have a Sony all in one. 24" I think. I just verified the specs, no esata frown.gif
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Well, the LG External one I am looking at is an old, discontinued model. If I decide to go internal, would any internal work with my Sony all-in-one? Sorry I don't have the model number with me.
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You could use a separate enclosure like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817392021 with a full size drive.

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You could use a separate enclosure like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817392021 with a full size drive.

So, are you saying I wouldn't be able to get a new blu ray drive/burner internally?
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You could also upgrade the internal drive to BluRay. I don't know which size is built in, but if it's a Slim Line (notebook style) drive I'd go with an enclosure and a 'half height' (full size) drive.

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You could also upgrade the internal drive to BluRay. I don't know which size is built in, but if it's a Slim Line (notebook style) drive I'd go with an enclosure and a 'half height' (full size) drive.

It has a blu dray drive in it now (will play blu rays, but no write/burn ability).
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I'm looking for a blu ray writer for my PC to backup camcorder video clips of my daughter. The content is priceless (her birth date, first food, first crawl, etc.), so I want a reliable one. I saw this LG one at Best Buy: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/LG+-+BE1...iter&cp=1&lp=4

However, my PC does not have esata. Would USB too slow to backup data?

I have an external hard drive I'm also backing up to. Want another means of backup though.

Thanks in advance.
Brought this same external burner back in 05/12 & it's still going strong. But I'm thinking about getting the newest LG external model the BE16NU50.
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Brought this same external burner back in 05/12 & it's still going strong. But I'm thinking about getting the newest LG external model the BE16NU50.
I'm pretty sure I"m getting a BE14NU40 from my wife for Christmas... If this thread is still getting batted around in 12-14 days I'll post my findings.

My internal is crapping the bed, and I want/need something for continuing to grow my personal blu ray plex server collection of movies...
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I'm pretty sure I"m getting a BE14NU40 from my wife for Christmas... If this thread is still getting batted around in 12-14 days I'll post my findings.

My internal is crapping the bed, and I want/need something for continuing to grow my personal blu ray plex server collection of movies...
The BE14NU40 replaced the BE12LU38 & is a great BD Burner. I was going to buy that one but I notice the BE16NU50 was $25 cheaper than the BE14NU40. So decided to go with the newer model.
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I'm pretty sure I"m getting a BE14NU40 from my wife for Christmas... If this thread is still getting batted around in 12-14 days I'll post my findings.

My internal is crapping the bed, and I want/need something for continuing to grow my personal blu ray plex server collection of movies...
Finally picked up the LG BE16NU50 from Amazon Warehouse Deals. It was described as in "very good" condition & came in original box with everything it was shipped with. It was $71 & I had a $10 GC so final price was $61. Open boxed when it arrived & it smelled like brand new. It's much smaller foot print than the LG BE12LU38 i have. Using a old version of Convert X to Dvd 5 it will not burn to dvd -r/+r. But using other programs it will. So I'm guess I need the latest version of Convert X to Dvd. My only only complaint & it's a minor one it having to press the button to open/close the tray. The older BE12LU38 had a sensor you just waved your finger in front.
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