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LG GGW-H20L Super Multi Blue - Blu-ray Disc Burner / HD DVD-ROM Drive w/ Lightscribe - 6x2x6x/3x - Serial ATA - internal - 5.25"

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4.1 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: LG
  • Model Number: GGW-H20L
  • Hard Disk Size: 30 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: Limited 1 year warranty
  • Hard Disk Description: Internal hard drive
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Product Description

GGW-H20L is similar to GGC-H20L, except it has BD Writing Capabilities.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 1.6 x 5.8 x 7.3 inches
Item Weight 1.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.6 pounds
ASIN B000Y1AFCS
Item model number GGW-H20L
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4.1 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #502 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > External Optical Drives > DVD Drives
#1,806 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > External Components
Date first available at Amazon.com February 29, 2008

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For those that are used to using the combination of "AnyDVD by Slysoft" and "DVDShrink 3.2" to backup dvd's and are curious if there are similar steps for doing this with blu-rays. IT IS. Unfortunately there is no "dvdshrink 3.2 for blu-ray disks". There are several other methods that are very effective. I searched for a long time to find out this stuff so read carefully.

In general, what I do with this drive, is backup my blu-ray movies to an external hard drive, then stream them to my 52 inch samsung from my laptop using its HDMI port(which doesn't even have a blu-ray drive. If this sounds like something your trying to do then read on. If not, you should highly consider it.

Using AnyDVDHD by Slysoft first insert the blu-ray movie, right click the AnyDVD icon and click "Rip Video DVD to Harddisk". After that go to the directory in which you ripped the DVD to. Then Locate the correct .m2ts file that contains the movie (BDMV/STREAM).
An .m2ts file for dummy's is the blu-ray version of an .vob file. So usually the largest .m2ts file is the movie. You can run .m2ts files as video files through Nero v8 Showtime. Once you find the main movie .m2ts files (usually about 25 gigs). Locate another freeware program called TsRemux. This is just like DVDshrink 3.2 in the way that it can stream out unnecessary content (subtitles/foreign languages). Through TsRemux open up the .m2ts file that you have determined is the movie. Then you will see the extra contents. Select the first video stream, the first audio stream, and the first subtitle stream (they are usually the English ones, sometimes you may have to re-do this to locate the correct sound, but there should only be ONE OF EACH selected).
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Inwardly, I've been sceptical. I had read all of the reviews for the LG Blue-ray Burner Drive, and there were enough positives to outweigh the negatives so I bought it; but I still expected headaches. Pleasantly, I have been surprised. The drive easily inserted into my computer's (HP M9040N)spare drive bay. The cables provided with the drive connected the power to my computer's spare plug and inserted easily into a spare SATA port on the motherboard. From there, I powered up and Vista quickly recognized the drive and installed the drivers. My keyboard quick buttons for open and close of the spare bay worked instantly.

I opened my Pinnacle Studio 12 software to a family video project I had set up the day I ordered the new blue-ray drive. I then went to the Make Movie tab on my software and the new drive was recognized. I had 23 gigabytes of AVCHD video edited and prepared for DVD authorizing, so I started the Make Movie process and away it went. This was a lot of 1080i video to burn so the computer took nearly 4 hours to render the project and then burn it to the disk, but in the end, I had my first blue-ray disk of family videos. The disk plays flawlessly on my Sony BDP-S350. The menu I set up in Studio 12 runs better than standard DVDs I had tried in the past.

This burner was purchased mostly to put my families home movies on a blue-ray disk so the footage is backed up in case anything happens to the original video saved on my computer's hard drive. I can also play my home movies easier since I don't have to view my computer on the TV and open up programs to find videos I produce. Now I just put a disk in the player and away the video goes. Also, playback of my HD video on my TV from my computer was pretty good, but still occasionally herky-jerky, but on blueray, my videos finally play smooth and at full resolution.
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Bought this burner a week ago, loaded Adobe CS-3 Premier Pro and Adobe CS3 Encore and burned my first Blu-ray disc within a few minutes. Videomaker magazine, April issue, was critical of the software bundle that came with the burner but LG has apparently made changes & the unit plays HD-DVD and Blu-ray without any problems.
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I installed one of these in my media pc about 5 weeks ago, and upgraded the firmware from YL01 to YL03 using the enclosed software and internet download from LG. It plays and burns Blu-Ray (up to 50 GB) and DVD (up to 8.5 GB) disks well, at about 1 GB per minute, using either the bundled Cyberlink software or other applications. So far I have not made any coasters with this device, but I have not been particularly aggressive about running other hoggish applications while burning. Five or so years from now everyone may be able to buy a Blu-Ray burner for $29.95, but at present this one is the best buy, and I'm happy with it. I don't own any HD DVD's, but it is supposed to play those too.
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I'm not going to focus on the write/read technical specs and jargon - you can find a lot of those reviews from other buyers or from websites all over the net. My review is just on my personal reactions from using this drive.

First, just the fact that HD-DVD/Blu-ray combo drives are now non-existent makes this item a rarity.
Even if you were to find such a combo player, a consumer home version would cost you at least $600-700.
You can get this baby for under $300 - all you need is a decently equipped computer.

Which gets me to the second point - you'd need at least a dual-core processor with 4 gigs of ram and a decent video card (something with at least 512mb of video RAM) to have good/smooth full-screen HD playback.
If you're just using it to burn CDs and DVDs then you can get away without having all 3, although to burn Blu-ray discs you would need a decent computer (but you wouldn't need a decent video card).

If you take into consideration you would need an Xbox 360 + HD drive + PS3, or comparable HD players, to watch movies what you can do with just this drive and a decent computer, PLUS the ability to burn CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs, then this is an absolute steal.

Highly recommended!
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