Best drive forHi, i've looked through a number of threads but noticed they were dated from 201 2021?

Discussion in 'CD/DVD/BD Drives' started by Dominick_7, Jan 1, 2021.

  1. Dominick_7

    Dominick_7 Member

    Hi, i've looked through a number of threads but noticed they were dated from 2018 and 2019, in here its more recent for 2020 but i wanted to see what you thought was the best way to go about viewing, ripping, storing and backing up 4k UHD discs for 2021? Seems the only place i can find the recommended LG BH16NS55 is from the uk, but i wonder if PAL and plug options wont make it useless for the US.

    i use a Eurocom "super computer" Sky Z7 notebook/desktop replacement with top specs, an NVIDIA 2080 super max, i9 10900 cpu, currently with a 1080p 240hz screen that im looking to upgrade to a 144hz 4k screen when they become available. Would like to rip UHD discs to store on the TVS-871 QNAP server so i can stream them from there via plex or its native apps. i'm guessing the best way to do that is Makemkv.

    As with most new notebooks it seems, it doesn't come with a blu ray drive, so i've been using a thin Pioneer BDR-XD05B which i was told could handle UHD discs but apparently it can't. Based on this set up, i'm lead to believe i'll need a 4k drive and enclosure and either will need to keep the firmware as is without updating it or i'll need to search for the right old firmware and flash that through some complicated process. i picked up a new Lord of the Rings extended edition 4k collectors box set realizing after the fact that i have no way as of present to view it or rip it and have acquired a few other UHD titles as well. i've been looking at the LG WH16NS40 drive and Vantec NST-536S3-BK, but which 4k UHD drive and enclosure, but would you recommend as best for 2021 for use with Redfox and Makemkv?
     
  2. coopervid

    coopervid Well-Known Member

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  3. Dominick_7

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    Thanks for the reply. Is the Vantek enclosure not good? i picked it up because others recommended it, and didn't think i'd hear back from anyone as another thread went silent. Also out of the 4 drives whats the reason you only recommend the last 2, cost alone, features..?
     
  4. coopervid

    coopervid Well-Known Member

    The Vantec enclosure is also OK.

    The other drives bear the risk that are old types with the MT1939 chip instead of the MT1959 chip. The LG BH16NS55 and the ASUS were only made with the MT1959 chip and there are no versions with MT1939.
     
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  5. Dominick_7

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    Cool k. Between the ASUS and LG you'd recommend the LG? The only one i see online is in the uk.. its more so i'm guessing its better quality than the ASUS.. i can find the ASUS, am i missing anything if i go with the ASUS over the LG?
     
  6. coopervid

    coopervid Well-Known Member

    It really doesn't matter. Look which is available for you at at which price. Personally I have 2 LG BH16NS55 and both are flashed to ASUS 3.10 MK.
     
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  7. Dominick_7

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    Thanks for clarifying and for the guide. Hope i can get the firmware working ok so i can finally watch LOTR in 4k.
     
  8. coopervid

    coopervid Well-Known Member

    Good luck! I'm pretty sure you will be successful. If any issues arise let me know. We will find solutions.
     
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  9. Dominick_7

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    Thanks, i trust so. Appreciate all the help and assistance!
     
  10. coopervid

    coopervid Well-Known Member

    That's what's the forum for ;)
     
  11. Dominick_7

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    Indeed thank you. K so the ASUS BW-16D1HT arrived, i put it in the OWC Mercury Pro enclosure, connected it to the notebook, installed MakeMKV, rebooted. So i just need to unzip the SDFToolflasher and unzip the mk firmwares, put the firmware ASUS-BW-16D1HT-3.10-WM01601-211901041014 in the same folder as the flasher and just flash it, correct? Do i need to put a check in the enc box?
     
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  12. Dominick_7

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    Anyone? i so called purchased the license for MakeMKV, but just need to know if i need to put a check in the enc check box. Also, do i need to backup or dump the original firmware it came with first and/or do anything else before flashing it?
     
  13. coopervid

    coopervid Well-Known Member

    No check of the enc box as far as I know. But doing so won't hurt. I just wouldn't flash. If unsuccessful try with enc checked.
     
  14. Dominick_7

    Dominick_7 Member

    Thanks for the reply. What do you mean you wouldn't flash?
     
  15. coopervid

    coopervid Well-Known Member

    If you check enc and the firmware is not an ecrypted one the flash process would just fail but it would not compromise your drive.
     
  16. coopervid

    coopervid Well-Known Member

    Let me know when it was succesful. Should be just a matter of minutes.
     
  17. Dominick_7

    Dominick_7 Member

    Sweet! It works! At least for the 4 things it went from saying possible to Yes! Thanks.

    Drive Information
    OS device name: F:
    Manufacturer: ASUS
    Product: BW-16D1HT
    Revision: 3.10
    Serial number:
    Firmware date: 2119-01-04 10:14
    Bus encryption flags: 1F

    LibreDrive Information
    Status: Enabled
    Drive platform:
    Firmware type: Patched (microcode access re-enabled)
    Firmware version: 3.10
    DVD all regions: Yes
    BD raw data read: Yes
    BD raw metadata read: Yes
    Unrestricted read speed: Yes

    No disc inserted

    But yea enc checked didnt work, the firmware isn't encrypted so it worked without that checked off. Thanks! Will test it out.
     
  18. coopervid

    coopervid Well-Known Member

    Report back please.

    Happy UHD ripping!
     
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  19. Dominick_7

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    Checked seems to have worked, tested it with the Lord Of The Rings - The Fellowship Of The Ring in 4k, skipping around, one part in the beginning credits gets a bit jumbled for a second but the rest looks good. Cant tell fully what it looks like till i acquire a 4k screen but seems to work. But does the jumbled picture, similar to when theres pixelation with too low of cable tv signal, get caused by the drive? Is that an indication it may have issues? Or is it related to an incorrect firmware flash? Thanks man.
     
  20. coopervid

    coopervid Well-Known Member