Will a new optical drive be worth the money?

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April 22, 2013 at 10:45:46
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 3.4 GHz / 3325 MB
I just wonder if a new drive from ASUS that have a 12x read speed of Blu-ray disc will do any significant difference when I am transfer my own Blu-ray movie to my HDD.
I have a Samsung SH-B083L right now and copying one movie to HDD will take approximately one hour will this be drastically reduced with a new 12x drive?

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April 22, 2013 at 11:50:49
How do you transfer the movie to your computer? Do you just copy the files over or do you use software that converts it to a more compatible format? If you use some sort of converting software, the speed will be the same as the converting software is going to be the bottleneck.

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April 22, 2013 at 13:38:39
Normally I use Makemkv but I could try AnyDVD HD which makes ISO files.
My goal is to get my movies on the HDD as fast as possible, converting to mkv will I do with Handbrake when I am sleeping and I don't use my computer for anything else.

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April 23, 2013 at 07:20:59
In that case, I don't think a faster drive is going to help. The conversion part of the process is what takes the longest, not the data transfer from the drive.

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April 27, 2013 at 12:04:26
What is a good speed when copying a movie to HDD, does anyone have real world experience?
With my Samsung it takes over one hour just to copy files from disc.

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March 2, 2015 at 14:09:34
Hi Stefan,

What determines the speed of the copying process is the hardware in your computer: CPU, RAM, HDD or SSD, and of course your DVD drive or Blu-ray drive read speed.

It's hard to say if buying a faster Blu-ray drive will make the copying process faster, as the process might be handicapped by your CPU or maybe even by your RAM. You would have to take a look at the speed of your hardware and calculate where the bottleneck might be. It can never hurt to have a faster read speed on your Blu-ray drive though :)

When I make a backup copy of a DVD with MakeMKV it takes my computer about 10 minutes. I have not backed up a Blu-ray yet though.

Hope this information helps.

P.S. I think backing-up movies to MKVs is the best option.

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