News Archive for: Thursday Jan. 3, 2008
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MBP owner report on Express34 SATA card w/SATA LG Blu-Ray drive

"Mike, In response to the request for suggestions on Blu-Ray /Writer case combinations (in yesterday's news). I couldn't wait for the newer GGW-H20L but have the GGW-H10N which is the 1st Gen Blu-Ray/HD Combo drive. I installed mine in the Cooldrives OPT525-EXTE case and use the 2 port eSATA Express card also from cooldrives, the combination works very well. The cooldrives case is a bit bulky but at the moments there aren't many cases to choose from. I have used a variety of Sony and Maxwell BD-RE/R media with toast and have had 100% successful burns using my Macbook Pro 10.5/2Ghz/2Gb. Burned disks including Divx movies encoded with toast also work fine in my PS3.

I have VISTA ultimate installed on my bootcamp partition and can confirm that this combination also runs well using PowerDVD Ultra. I do occasionally get choppy video with Blu Ray discs when I have tried to watch a movie, this maybe due to VISTA drivers, I only have one HD/DVD movie which I didn't notice any problems with. I also tried to use this drive with XP under Parallels connected via USB2 but didn't have much success, probably would fair better with a clean install of XP.
Overall I am happy with Expresscard/Drive/Case combination.
Lime Design - Graphic & Print Solutions"

I've also added the above to the page of MacBook Pro owner reports on Express34 Cards and as a drive db report.

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Scanners with OS X Leopard page updated (again)
I've updated the page of Scanners with OS X Leopard (Feedback, Tips/Tricks and Alternative Drivers) with Canon Canoscan 8000F (updated again to note problems reoccurring), Epson 2480 and Canon N656U user reports. (Page updated 12:30PM)
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Hitachi intros 500GB Notebook Drive (unfortunately too tall for many notebooks)
Infoworld has an article today titled Hitachi unveils first laptop 500GB drive, the largest (by far) 2.5in hard drive to date. Unfortunately to get that capacity, per the article the Travelstar 5K500 uses 3 platters and is therefore 12.5mm high. 9.5mm is the max drive height for many current laptops, including the MacBook and MacBook Pros (and also previous AL Powerbook G4s). Not sure if 12.5mm high drives fit in the Mac Mini. Per the article, Hitachi seems confident PC makers will allow for the taller drive in future designs and Asus uses two of these in their new (Terabyte) M70S Laptop. Another use is for Portable/External drives. (At least for cases that accept 12.5mm high drives - some may not.)
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Mac Drive Upgrades/Compatibility Database Updated
The Mac Drive/Storage Upgrades Database had 3 more reports added in the last 24hrs. Current total - 16,334. (Searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first)

    Blu-Ray Drives:
  • Expresscard SATA connected LG GGW-H10N (1st gen Blu-Ray/DVD/HD-DVD) used w/MacBook Pro (OS X 10.5.1)
    (includes notes on Toast and Boot Camp/Windows BR Movie use, drive in SATA ext. case)
  • USB (USB to SATA adapter) LG GGW-H20L. (6x max BR write, 16x max DVD writes, 40x max CDR writes + HD-DVD Player) used w/MacBook Pro (OS X 10.5.1)
    (added yesterday from news post - includes notes on some issues seen)

    Hard Drives:
  • IDE Western Digital WD2500BEVE 250GB in (AL) PowerBook G4 (OS X 10.4.11)
    (includes notes/links on take-apart)

You can read full reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches). The database includes reports on Optical Drives (Blu-Ray, DVD, CD/CDR, etc.), Hard Drives, Tape drives, Removable media (ORB, ZIP, MO drives), NAS (Network Attached Storage), in all interface types (IDE, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters).
If you've added/upgraded a drive in your Mac send me the details (drive info/speed rating/mac model/OS used, etc.). Note: Please use the drive for at least a week before reporting on it and test for booting from Disc with internal Optical Drives (as well as burning discs). Thanks.

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