How to Use Blu-ray Discs on a Computer Without a Disc Drive?

Summary: If your PC, Laptop and tablet don't have a Blu-ray dive, how can you play your Blu-ray discs? Read the article to find the way. 

Laptop and tablet don't have disc drive or Blu-ray drive. Even many modern desktop PCs don't have a Blu-ray Drive and they even are dropping disc drives. If you still have Blu-ray discs with music, videos, or anything else on them, there are still ways to use them.


Your options range from purchasing an external Blu-ray drive you can plug in via USB when you need the discs to converting those discs to digital formats so you can access them on demand. It’s up to you.


Use Blu-ray with Blu-ray Drive


Get an External Blu-ray Disc Drive


Purchase an external disc drive that plugs in via USB and you can use discs the old-fashioned way. Below is the top 5 External Blu-ray Drive:


Top 1: Pioneer Slim External Blue-Ray Writer


Starting of our list of top 5 external Blu-ray drives is the Pioneer BDR-XU03 external Blu-Ray writer. From the initial glance you can see right away it will fit into your Mac world rather nicely and not stick out like a big black box on a shelf. The jump in price for this Blu-ray device is all about aesthetics. But it does have some great features like a USB 3.0 connection with the ability to draw power from USB instead of an extra plug. The base speed is 2x but by taking advantage of some of Pioneer’s utilities you can bump that speed up to 6x.


Top 2: LG Super Multi Blue Slim Portable with 3D


For the budget minded the LG CP40NG10 is a great option if you are looking for a portable, slim design Blu-ray player with 3D playback. While it can not only play 3D Blu-ray disks it comes with a software bundle to convert 2D video to a 3D video experience. Pretty cool little feature to get you hooked on living out your dreams as a Top Gun or if you have an old copy of Titanic. While this drive does not burn Blu-ray disks it does burn DVDs at up to 8x and has the added feature of M-Disc to make your burned disc last longer with better data protection.


Top 3: LG 6X External Slim Portable Blu-ray


Much like the previous Blu-ray player, the LG WP40NB30 has 3D playback for those looking for entertainment and it has the ability to write and rewrite the 100 gigabyte capacity BDXL disks. But it is a step down as far as features. It is USB 2.0 and can only write at 6x. Still pretty good and the lower price makes it a great option for those on a budget or looking to buy in bulk. A nice plus is that it will fit into a home entertainment set-up well with the black finish and silent play mode which reduces the noise from the drive during playback.


Top 4: Samsung 6X USB2.0 External Slim Blu-ray Writer


Coming in at #5 on our list of top 5 external Blu-ray drives is the Samsung SE-506BB 6x Blu-ray writer. This slim and compact external drive is available in both black or white depending on your set-up preferences and will work with either a PC or Mac. It is USB 2.0 and has can write Blu-ray disks all the way down to CDs. The cool thing about this Blu-ray drive is that if you have a USB port on your smart TV and install the right apps, you can plug this device in and watch Blu-ray movies, look at pictures or listen to your music through your home entertainment system.


Top 5: ASUS External 12X Blu-Ray Burner


This Asus external 12x Blu-ray burner looks like something out of Tron or Star Trek with it’s diamond-shaped case and crystal blue LED. Which is cool if you have a gaming computer setup or want to break free from the cold aluminum cases that are always popular with computer peripherals. Looks aside this Blu-ray writer can burn disks fast and connects via USB 3.0 for easy interfacing. You can playback 3D entertainment, enable 2D to 3D conversion, and use DVD upscaling through the included Magic Cinema technology.


Once you’ve purchased one, just plug it in via USB, insert a disc, and you’re done. You only have to plug in the drive while using a Blu-ray disc, so you can share the same USB disc drive among multiple computers and use it for your future computers, too.


Rip Blu-ray Movies


Blu-ray movies are harder to rip to digital video files thanks to their copyright protection. DVDs are much easier to rip using a wide variety of programs while Blu-ray discs can only be ripped using a few programs.


These videos can be ripped using a variety of programs, but you’ll need to ensure your program of choice has a way to bypass that obnoxious copy-protection. You’ll probably want to encode those videos to another format, creating a smaller file so they won’t take as much space on your internal drive, too.


We recommed you to use Pavtube ByteCopy for Windows/Mac to rip Blu-ray to digital files.



  • 1:1 backup Blu-ray without quality loss.
  • Convert 2D/3D Blu-ray to MP4 or other HD video format with 3D effects.
  • Edit Blu-ray by trimming, cropping, merging and add watermark.
  • Freely to choose the audio/subtitles and set the parameter for the format according to yourself.
  • Capable of extracting audio from Blu-ray.
  • Rip Blu-ray to lossless MKV and multi-track MP4/mov.

Step 1. Run Pavtube ByteCopy; load Blu-rays.


It dose not only support loading both Blu-ray and DVD disc, but also support Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray ISO, DVD folder and DVD IFO/ISO files.


It seems during the importing, the disc would be decrypted already.



Step 2. Choose H.264 MP4 format.


Click the “Format” drop-down list and choose HD Video>H.264 HD Video(*.mp4). Or we can enter “H.264 MP4” in the small search box to quick locate matched presets. This format video can be played on iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android and Windows 8 RT/Pro phones/tablets, etc.


Step 3. Adjust target video specs (Optional)


Click “Settings” as bellow to check the source/target video size, bitrate, frame rate and other settings in one go; you will be able to know the target video size with different bitrate settings immediately.


Step 4. Start converting Blu-ray to H.264 MP4.


Now hit the big red “Convert” to start the conversion. Wait for moments, we can hit “Open” or “Open output folder” to quick locate the converted video.


Consider avoiding physical media in the future and going digital to reduce your need to bother with discs. For example, if you play old PC games that came on discs, you can often re-purchase them on GOG or Steam for a small amount of money — especially during sales — and install those instead of relying on your old physical discs.


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