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Pioneer USB 3.0 BD/DVD/CD Portable Burner Model BDR-XD05B
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5 out of 5 eggs It's a winner! 11/17/2014

This review is from: Pioneer USB 3.0 BD/DVD/CD Portable Burner Model BDR-XD05B

Pros: Good, solid case design. Rubber cushion feet. Worked without additional power source with my laptop and several PCs. Win7x64 and Win8.1x64 loaded drivers on first install. Burns Verbatim Blu-ray LTH with IMGBurn without issues. Smooth Blu-ray movie playback. Tried but didn't need extra download software from Pioneer (High Speed USB or Drive Utility) that was available on website. PowerDVD12 available on included disk. I use older PowerDVD9 sans Cinavia. Not sure about PowerDVD12's disc protection scheme. It's a good free included package for most folks. FYI-Can only be installed with this drive attached.

Cons: A bit noisy, depending upon the data transfer rate required. Speeds up/slows down as needed, somewhat annoying. Not a show stopper. This can be altered with the Drive Utility.
Not much in the manual. A bit confusing regarding the USB connection & double-ended plug. You use the USB3 (blue) end in both USB2 & USB3 ports. The short USB2 style end is for extra power (if needed) only -- no data transfer, by itself, no drive recognition.

Other Thoughts: There's a mechanical slide release at bottom right front of unit. Take note before attempting to open the unpowered unit. The left front corner "Open" button only functions when powered up. It's electrical, not a mechanical release.
FWIW, I've had really good luck with at least four other internal Pioneer Blu-ray drives. They don't give me any trouble and do what they're supposed to. What more can you ask of a product?

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BYTECC SATA Adapter SATA to IDE Converter For Drive
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3 out of 5 eggs Works OK, but not AHCI mode for me 08/19/2012

This review is from: BYTECC SATA Adapter SATA to IDE Converter For Drive

Pros: It works fine for me in BIOS IDE mode, only.

Read previous reviews about Master/Slave settings.

The SATA cable in my package was 18" long.

Cons: You'll want to snip the somewhat long power connector leads protuding from back of board to reduce the chance of it shorting out to your device. Adding an insulating pad would be wise. What were they thinking with the supplied power adapter cable? Should have been one male, one female 4-pin and the floppy drive end. Instead, you get two female 4-pins and the floppy drive end. If you don't have your own separate floppy drive cable power, you'll need a workaround solution.

Other Thoughts: Sadly, I wanted to use this with my board in AHCI mode (Asus P6X58D-E). Configured this way, it took the BIOS 1-2 minutes to decide that it even wanted to let me veiw the BIOS screen. After a brief check, I rebooted to a Win7x64 OS mechanical SATA drive and after several minutes got to the Desktop. Had to uninstall the MS SATA controller driver and use the Intel ICH10R to get the drive to work, though (OK). Then, rebooted to a Win7x64 OS SSD drive. Windows startup stalled out and never made it to the Desktop. Had to do a forced shutdown.

Conclusion: If you're going to run your computer in IDE mode, you can probably get this to work. If you're running in AHCI mode, based on my particular setup, you may not be successful. Your better choice (unless you require the drive to boot) may be a similar style bridge card with USB out.

Hope my experience with this is helpful and leads someone smarter than me to offer a better answer as to why it works for some and not others.

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Display Name: Richard W.

Date Joined: 12/28/06

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  • Last Review: 11/17/14
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