Looking for blu ray drive for Supermicro 2U chassis

NotAServerGuy

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I am a noob in this area (I'm a software guy) and I am grateful for the help whenever I can get it. Thanks!

Earlier this year I purchased a Supermicro server in a 2U chassis with SATA ports. It has a dvd drive on the front - can I replace this with a slim blu ray burner? I've googled it and haven't come up with much.
 

Tr3s

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If it fits, yes. If the DVD is sata and the slim Blu-ray drive fits, it should work. But realize adding a Blu-ray drive to a computer really only gets you the ability to burn/read data blurays. You won't be able to watch movies because of the copy right protection on them. It's not like DVDs...
 

NotAServerGuy

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If it fits, yes. If the DVD is sata and the slim Blu-ray drive fits, it should work. But realize adding a Blu-ray drive to a computer really only gets you the ability to burn/read data blurays. You won't be able to watch movies because of the copy right protection on them. It's not like DVDs...
Thanks so much for the reply. Yup, well aware of the limitations of ripping. I have all of my 3d movies on disk - rather than ripping them to my movie drive I just want to surface them in kodi on the rare occasion that we want to watch them.
 

Tr3s

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Thanks so much for the reply. Yup, well aware of the limitations of ripping. I have all of my 3d movies on disk - rather than ripping them to my movie drive I just want to surface them in kodi on the rare occasion that we want to watch them.
If you're not going to be using it as a permanent thing and are going to use it basically once you don't even need to worry about making it fit. Just pop the top off and wire it in. Set it ontop of something and don't bump it while it's spinning. Don't get me wrong getting the proper thing is better but if you already have an old Blu-ray play that would work but just doesn't fit, or if you can't find one that fits, that is a solution.
 

j_h_o

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Most of the slim drives are pretty terrible.

Not as elegant but I'd personally look at a 5.25" USB 3.0 enclosure -- you pay less for the drive, and it becomes portable.
Then you can also get a UHD-friendly drive :)
 

NotAServerGuy

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Most of the slim drives are pretty terrible.

Not as elegant but I'd personally look at a 5.25" USB 3.0 enclosure -- you pay less for the drive, and it becomes portable.
Then you can also get a UHD-friendly drive :)
It's funny that you mention that because I was thinking of going in this general direction. I found a portable drive that has a SATA Port. I think I am going to just run a cable through the front of the server and put the portable drive next to the server in my closet.
 

NotAServerGuy

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So I brought the server down, installed the external LG drive via SATA and after I reboot Open Media Vault doesn't see it. Any ideas? I realize I might have to take this to another post.
 

EffrafaxOfWug

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Does the BIOS see the drive? Does it show up under any other OSes?

I'm not clear what the physical connection you're using is; do your SATA port (and the SATA -> BD drive bridge chip if you're using one) support ATAPI/SAT? That's usually needed for devices like DVD drives to work.
 

NotAServerGuy

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Does the BIOS see the drive? Does it show up under any other OSes?

I'm not clear what the physical connection you're using is; do your SATA port (and the SATA -> BD drive bridge chip if you're using one) support ATAPI/SAT? That's usually needed for devices like DVD drives to work.
It is running headless now so I am going to have to drag out the monitor and watch it boot to find out. Every other drive in there (including a dvd drive) is SATA.