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Best Buy has LG 8x External USB 2.0 Blu-Ray Double Layer Disc Rewriter (Black; BP50NB40) on sale for $79.99. Shipping is free, otherwise, select free curbside pickup as an alterative option. Thanks sxw88

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I have been looking for an external Blu-ray drive to rip 4K UHD disk for Plex. I did extensive research. This LG BP50NB40 is one of the cheapest and most reliable options to achieve it. You need to get some files from MakeMKV website to flash the correct firmware. This drive doesn't say that it officially support UHD, but the actual drive in it is the same as the drives that officially support UHD. They are just rebranded with different firmware

I picked mine up, and it came with 1.02 firmware. You want 1.01 or 1.02. Here are the steps to flash it.

1. Download two files from this thread. https://makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=18933​ [makemkv.com]

ASUS_ODD_FW_Changer_(Modified) (24.08.2019).zip
and
Hybrid_Firmware_for_BP50NB40_to_BP60NB10.zip

2. Unzip the ASUS_ODD_FW_Changer_(Modified) (24.08.2019).zip file go into it and find the file HL-DT-ST-BD-RE_BP50NB40-NB50-1.02-NM00700-211811011016.bin under the folder
[mk-firmware-pack-20200720] -> [MK] -> [old]

3. Flash the bin file with the .exe file that comes with the zip. You will now have the MK version of the 1.02 firmware.

4. Then use the same .exe file flash the DE_LG_BP60NB10_1.00_MK_HBD.bin file from the 2nd zip. You will now basically have the LG BP60NB10 drive.

5. Remember this guide is for firmware 1.02 only. If you get firmware 1.01 or 1.03 the instructions are different.
Now you can use MakeMKV to rip UHD Blurays. I just used it to rip the Dynasties from the recent Best Buy deal.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lg-8...Id=9243009
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I have been looking for an external Blu-ray drive to rip 4K UHD disk for Plex. I did extensive research. This LG BP50NB40 is one of the cheapest and most reliable options to achieve it. You need to get some files from MakeMKV website to flash the correct firmware. This drive doesn't say that it officially support UHD, but the actual drive in it is the same as the drives that officially support UHD. They are just rebranded with different firmware

I picked mine up, and it came with 1.02 firmware. You want 1.01 or 1.02. Here are the steps to flash it.

1. Download two files from this thread. https://makemkv.com/forum/viewtop...t=18933​ [makemkv.com]

ASUS_ODD_FW_Changer_(Modified) (24.08.2019).zip
and
Hybrid_Firmware_for_BP50NB40_to_BP60NB10.zip

2. Unzip the ASUS_ODD_FW_Changer_(Modified) (24.08.2019).zip file go into it and find the file HL-DT-ST-BD-RE_BP50NB40-NB50-1.02-NM00700-211811011016.bin under the folder
[mk-firmware-pack-20200720] -> [MK] -> [old]

3. Flash the bin file with the .exe file that comes with the zip. You will now have the MK version of the 1.02 firmware.

4. Then use the same .exe file flash the DE_LG_BP60NB10_1.00_MK_HBD.bin file from the 2nd zip. You will now basically have the LG BP60NB10 drive.

5. Remember this guide is for firmware 1.02 only. If you get firmware 1.01 or 1.03 the instructions are different.
Now you can use MakeMKV to rip UHD Blurays. I just used it to rip the Dynasties from the recent Best Buy deal.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lg-8...Id=9243009
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Thanks for the reply! Kind of a bummer I guess bc I really don't want to have 50+Gb files laying around. Do you think Handbrake will totally kill the quality if I compress it? I can't tell a difference between a regular blu ray rip and a compressed file but I feel like 4k will be different.

Also my monitor is only 1440p so I won't be able to fully enjoy the resolution anyhow. We did just get a 4k tv though, I plan on slapping some of these files on a USB drive and testing that out.

Edit: Should I have flashed a newer firmware on my drive? It was 1.02 stock, I did the finagling to get it to the BP60NB10 1.0, should I then flash newer BP60NB10 firmware or just leave it be?
so, depending on what program you use to rip, it is possible to watch the disc without backing it up first
in MakeMKV, you go into preferences and enable it to share the DLL file with VLC. I haven't tried this myself as I don't want to wear out the drive just watching stuff.

Yes, compressing any 4K will violate it but there is middle ground there and others can best inform you on that.

If your drive is working fine on 1.0 leave it be but you might run into a stubborn disc (e.g. Midway) and I went ahead and did 1.02 and it helped but I also had to drop the speed...so i am not sure which variable helped the most
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so, depending on what program you use to rip, it is possible to watch the disc without backing it up first
in MakeMKV, you go into preferences and enable it to share the DLL file with VLC. I haven't tried this myself as I don't want to wear out the drive just watching stuff.

Yes, compressing any 4K will violate it but there is middle ground there and others can best inform you on that.

If your drive is working fine on 1.0 leave it be but you might run into a stubborn disc (e.g. Midway) and I went ahead and did 1.02 and it helped but I also had to drop the speed...so i am not sure which variable helped the most
Thanks for the info! I ripped the Detective Pikachu 4k I had and it seemed to work fine! Colors seem a bit more washed out vs my regular blu ray rip but I can see a quality bump. I'm sure on our actual 4k TV it will look much better. Also going to compare file sizes/quality between a 1440p and a 1080p compression to see what will ultimately give me the best file sizes with the best quality. I can't afford to store 50GB files lol, I'm already filling up my 4tb external with the original rips from my Blu Rays 😂
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Just my two cents, but I have seen this particular external drive go for as low as $40 on both Amazon and eBay and purchased it a few years back for that price. Also, keep in mind that this has a USB 2.0 I/O, which can result in terribly slow disc reads. I recommend purchasing the LG HL BU50N drive, which ranges from $60-70 and installing it in a USB 3.0 enclosure, which are found on Amazon for under $20.
I am searching Amazon for a USB 3.0 enclosure, but they all are for hard drives. Maybe I am using the wrong term
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