I have this crap adapter from dx.com but it's buggy and doesn't work properly. Would blu-ray need usb 3 to work properly? I bought a really nice burner but upgraded to a laptop and kept the burner. It was a gift and I would like to keep it. Does what I seek exist?
You do not need USB3 to connect it, but it might help for two reasons: 1) Power. 2) Data speeds.
USB3 can supply more power than USB2 (900mWatt vs 500mWatt) and that most burners use around 1200mWatt. Which means you either need:
As for data speeds. It is a SATA-1 device. The best *1 way to connect a SATA device is via SATA or eSATA.
*1: Where best is defined by me as: Lowest latency and least driver hassle.
All you need us a USB enclosure. More expensive isnt necessarily better. You do not need USB3, v2 will work fine. Personally, I prefer metal cases as they feel less flimsy and tend to be thinner overall.
There are SATA to USB adapters out there, similar to this, that work well. I tend to stick to name brands and make sure the positive reviews far outweigh the negative.