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Blu Ray drives, good prices, and "RipLocking"...

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So I am gonna add an internal Blu Ray to my new HTPC. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a decent looking one for around 50$ or less.

I am planning on using it to rip discs, of course. Is there any features I need to look out for? I read somewhere something about rip locking. Are there drives out there that will prevent me from ripping? Is there one brand I should look out for?

Again, looking to keep it on a budget. What are your thoughts?
post #2 of 8
At my house ripping on the HTPC will lower the WAF. I do my ripping on my laptop and then transfer it to my media server.
post #3 of 8
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Yeah, I am not sure what all that means, but I am actually gonna be putting the drive on my regular PC, and transferring the files to my HTPC for storage. The PC that the drive will be going on is using Windows 8, if that helps.
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the LG UH12NS29 looks like it'll fit the bill, and the price is right. Anyone have any experience with this drive? It seems a lot of them are having problems playing nice with Windows 8.
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post #6 of 8
I know this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136250&Tpk=WH14NS40&IsVirtualParent=1 is not rip-locked and often goes on sale for ~$20 less. It also has the benefit(?) of being a burner and can handle BDXL, if it ever takes off.
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Originally Posted by ZxRO View Post

I read somewhere something about rip locking. Are there drives out there that will prevent me from ripping?

Riplock doesn't prevent a drive from ripping, but it reportedly slows down the process to 2x-4x read speeds

Most BD-Roms have the same dual layer read speed, and I'd guess that most people would be completely unaware that they were using a drive with "riplock"
post #8 of 8
A rip-locked drive will only read up to about 2X to (that means around an hour or so for a 2 hour movie). The non-rip-locked drive I linked gets up to nearly 8X which means a 2 hour movie rips in about 20 to 30 minutes. Got a lot of disks to rip? Then it makes a difference.
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