Ultimate UHD Drives Guide Updated 2020

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SamuriHL
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Re: Ultimate UHD Drives Guide Updated 2020

Post by SamuriHL » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:35 pm

Leave it alone. :) 1.05 has nothing you care about.

Mr_Orange
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Re: Ultimate UHD Drives Guide Updated 2020

Post by Mr_Orange » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:37 pm

SamuriHL wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:35 pm
Leave it alone. :) 1.05 has nothing you care about.
Thank you :D

icourt
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Re: Ultimate UHD Drives Guide Updated 2020

Post by icourt » Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:33 pm

Mr_Orange wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:37 pm
SamuriHL wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:35 pm
Leave it alone. :) 1.05 has nothing you care about.
Thank you :D
Just this, I believe.

Mr_Orange
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Re: Ultimate UHD Drives Guide Updated 2020

Post by Mr_Orange » Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:24 am

icourt wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:33 pm
Mr_Orange wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:37 pm
SamuriHL wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:35 pm
Leave it alone. :) 1.05 has nothing you care about.
Thank you :D
Just this, I believe.
That's useful to know, thank you.

wullabulla
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Re: Ultimate UHD Drives Guide Updated 2020

Post by wullabulla » Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:17 am

monkeymindboy wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:12 pm
Fearless Leader wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:39 pm
Holy crap!

I know this is anecdotal evidence and isn't proof of anything, but I post this in case it helps someone else.

I bought Avengers Endgame UHD right when it came out. It never successfully ripped. I can play the disc on a standalone player. Yes, makemkv could open it and start ripping it, but eventually it would come to a sector that the drive couldn't read. Re-running it many times showed no progress. So I just assumed bad disc, and ripped the blu-ray version instead, which worked fine.

As more versions of makemkv came out, I would sometimes re-try the Endgame UHD. Never worked.
Last night, I tried to re-rip Frozen II to try various things to deal with atmos problem (even with lastest makemkv, there is still a problem to be solved...but that is not the point here). Frozen II suddenly showed a sector that couldn't be read. This made me think the drive was failing, because it would be unlikely for a new disc like that to go bad (considering I handle my discs carefully). I re-tried a few times, still didn't work.

I started thinking the drive is failing. If was dying, I figured it wouldn't hurt to try cross-flashing to LG to overcome the sleep bug with my Asus.
After a successful flash, suddenly Frozen II ripped without the read sector problem. On a lark, I decided to try Endgame again. Holy crap, it worked this time!

Again, this is not evidence or proof of anything. It possible I just got really really lucky this time. But I feel like it helped me. Maybe it could help someone else.
Thank you for the advice, I just crossed flashed my Asus drive that was giving me problems to WH16NS60 1.02 MK version and so far so good on discs that previously failed in 1.15.2.
This worked for me too.

science_core
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Re: Ultimate UHD Drives Guide Updated 2020

Post by science_core » Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:26 pm

I can confirm that the techPulse120 9.5mm slim sata case (EDC-01-U3-UltraSlim) supports flashing. I successfully flashed a BU40N to 1.03 MK firmware.

The case is available in the EU.
url: https://www.amazon.de/EDC-01-U3-UltraSl ... B072WJCR9M

sgtblackice
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Re: Ultimate UHD Drives Guide Updated 2020

Post by sgtblackice » Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:03 pm

I've done at least 3 or 4 drives, really pleased thanks!

Moose_Drool_22
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Re: Ultimate UHD Drives Guide Updated 2020

Post by Moose_Drool_22 » Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:49 pm

Would it be easy to flash your drives on an Ubuntu machine?

xiceref
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Re: Ultimate UHD Drives Guide Updated 2020

Post by xiceref » Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:06 pm

I need a little assistance in getting started, with the ultimate goal of being able to rip 4K UHD drives (like everybody else)....

Purchase: HL-DT-ST BD-RE WH16NS60
Firmware Version: 1.02
Firmware Date: 2118-10-29 19:36
Drive Platform: MT1959


MakeMKV indicates that all functions are available (with patched firmware), but I do not know where to find the firmware and which files to use, so:

Question #1 - Do I need to upgrade the firmware to 1.03 first? If so, where do I find these files?
Question #2 - What firmware version do I need to flash this drive to in order to be able to rip 4K UHD disks? Where do I find these files?

I am really sorry if this information has been noted somewhere else. I have watched the videos and everything makes sense, I just want to be sure to do things in the right order and use the correct versions of the firmware.

Can anyone assist with these questions? I really appreciate it !! :

SamuriHL
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Re: Ultimate UHD Drives Guide Updated 2020

Post by SamuriHL » Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:24 am

*PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO UPGRADE TO 1.03!!!!!!!!!*

Follow this mini-guide I threw together.

Flashing Example (NS60)

Go to this post:
viewtopic.php?p=71880#p71880

Look for link to latest MK firmware, e.g.:
https://www.makemkv.com/download/mk-fir ... 200720.zip

Extract this zip to a folder. In our example, let's say I extract it to C:\Firmware\mk-firmware-pack-20200720 but feel free to extract it wherever you'd like.

Next, open a command prompt in the MakeMKV directory and perform the following commands:

sdftool --list

Shows list of drives. Pick the drive letter for the drive you want to flash, let's call it F: as an example. Then:

sdftool -d F: rawlfash -I C:\Firmware\mk-firmware-pack-20200720\old\HL-DT-ST-BD-RE_WH16NS60-1.02-NM00100-211810291936.bin

Replace C:\Firmware\mk-firmware-pack-20200720 with the location you extracted the zip file to. This will flash your drive to NS60 1.02-MK.

OPTIONAL (Informational only):
sdftool -d F: help all

Shows list of all available commands for your drive. Not needed in order to flash, but, useful to see what you can do with your drive.

monkeymindboy
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Re: Ultimate UHD Drives Guide Updated 2020

Post by monkeymindboy » Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:09 pm

wullabulla wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:17 am
monkeymindboy wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:12 pm
Fearless Leader wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:39 pm
Holy crap!

I know this is anecdotal evidence and isn't proof of anything, but I post this in case it helps someone else.

I bought Avengers Endgame UHD right when it came out. It never successfully ripped. I can play the disc on a standalone player. Yes, makemkv could open it and start ripping it, but eventually it would come to a sector that the drive couldn't read. Re-running it many times showed no progress. So I just assumed bad disc, and ripped the blu-ray version instead, which worked fine.

As more versions of makemkv came out, I would sometimes re-try the Endgame UHD. Never worked.
Last night, I tried to re-rip Frozen II to try various things to deal with atmos problem (even with lastest makemkv, there is still a problem to be solved...but that is not the point here). Frozen II suddenly showed a sector that couldn't be read. This made me think the drive was failing, because it would be unlikely for a new disc like that to go bad (considering I handle my discs carefully). I re-tried a few times, still didn't work.

I started thinking the drive is failing. If was dying, I figured it wouldn't hurt to try cross-flashing to LG to overcome the sleep bug with my Asus.
After a successful flash, suddenly Frozen II ripped without the read sector problem. On a lark, I decided to try Endgame again. Holy crap, it worked this time!

Again, this is not evidence or proof of anything. It possible I just got really really lucky this time. But I feel like it helped me. Maybe it could help someone else.
Thank you for the advice, I just crossed flashed my Asus drive that was giving me problems to WH16NS60 1.02 MK version and so far so good on discs that previously failed in 1.15.2.
This worked for me too.
I have since downgraded both my drives to WH16NS60 1.00 and haven't had a problem yet and reaching speeds of 10x and 11x in 1.15.2. 1.02 MK was still causing my Asus drive to act up at times.
Windows 10 Pro
LG WH16NS40 - UHD Friendly
Asus BW-16D1HT - UHD Friendly
LG WH16NS40 - External Drive - Blu-Ray
HD/DVD - XBOX360 - External Drive

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