I haven't run into a single person using the LG BE14NU40 through USB 3 who's had issues. The last one over at MyCE I recommended that drive to was Dee (of the Liggy and Dee firmware team), and she's had great luck with it. Not too happy that they seem to have disappeared though.
Recommending not to use USB 3 for opticals is misjudged in my opinion. The real problem is the fact we have so few good drives left. I don't often recommend the slim ones, even the Pioneers.
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For the nth time, with the possible exception of certain Intel processors, I don't have/ever owned anything whose name starts with "i".
I had used two external bluray writers
The slim samsung one(SE-506 CB), tries to burn over 10 disks, 9 failed, 1 passed. Used all of the 4 available usb3.0 and usb2.0 ports in my laptop, user different burning softwares, No luck.
The next one to try was the asus ASUS BW-16D1H-U PRO, again burnt around 10 disks all of them failed. This had separate powersupply. As part of experiment used all of the available usb ports on the laptop and different burning softwares(Nero, DVDFab, imgBurm, PowerdvdGo).
After then tried the exact solution you had suggested. Burnt over 10 disks all of them passed.
Now if someone asks me for an opinion I would defenitely tell them to go for the internal drive setup.
Now the other point to note is if your laptop has an eSATA port why the hell someone would go for the expensive exteranl writes and have butterflies in stomach while burning the BD-Rs. I was able to build the internal setup for a mere 140 bucks compared to the expensive asus burner which was 280 bucks.
Location does play a role. ASUS doesn't distribute the burner that you bought in the USA, but the ASUS BW-12D1S-U Lite can be purchased for online for $100 (US). I'd gamble on it working if my only other option for a Blu-ray burner was to buy another computer to go along with it, and there was no prior indication that my USB 3.0 controller was a piece of crap. A decent but inexpensive internal Blu-ray burner costs $50, but better, faster internal burners can cost up to $100.
Last edited by usually_quiet; 21st Sep 2016 at 02:57.