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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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  • Blu-Ray Drive Install Disc for Windows
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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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Kind of reckless for anyone to suggest you can burn UHD videos this way; they probably haven't even tried. It's a total nightmare with shitty overseas software. Almost nobody makes software for that critical final step of actually mastering source video files into the proper UHD video Blu-ray format. What's out there, hardly works.
Most people rip and play off hard drive for their Plex server. I muzt have missed the post that got you off on a re-authoring tangent.
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With cloud storage being relatively expensive , will storing stuff like photos/videos on blu-rays a good alternative? Can they be retrieved say a decade later?
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data storage?
3TB drive goes for $33. $11/TB.
100GB disc goes for $6. $60/TB.
You will loose $49 every couple days by buying this.

Triple layer BD-R would have to be below 60¢ each to become a slower alternative.
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$80!?! in this day and age with everything going digital this is worth at most $10
This drive is digital. People who own large quality monitors and projectors want higher quality than streaming provides. UHD blu-ray bitrates are bigger and provide a better picture on large screens. This will cost more than $10, so stay in school, get a good job and save your money. Or you can go on Slickdeals and point your fist at a cloud and yell "this should only be $10" and have an entire community chuckle at your ignorance.
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So you're one of those folks who "Redfoxes Redbox?" And people still wonder why Hollywood is so against backing up our home media for us who do it honestly?
Arguably it is fair-use as long as the copies are removed before returning the disc.
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My laptop didn't come with a disk drive.
I bought a generic DVD burner USB from OfferUp but it kinda sucks. What's a good alternative to just rip DVDs? I've got a huge collection I want to save on a external USB hdd so we have stuff to watch when going to Mexico?
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there is a better archive medium, but it's expensive to get started. tape! it is tried and true, and will last for decades if kept in a proper environment. the tapes themsves are fairly inexpensive but the reader itself is what will cost you. if interested look up dell tl4000 and lto 6 tapes.
This is Slickdeals. You must have forgotten what site you were on. Most here are backing up movies music and tv shows, not irreplaceable documents. Multiple cloud services backup may be a better option than tape, no?
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I don't own a TV (no space) so I use my laptop for everything. Is this overkill for playing Blu-ray's on a MacBook? My family has a humongous collection of Blu-ray's (the digital codes a missing or most were used by someone else).

I was thinking of getting one of those portable Blu-ray players and keeping it under my bed when I want to watch an occasional movie I don't have in my digital collection/stream library.
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I don't own a TV (no space) so I use my laptop for everything. Is this overkill for playing Blu-ray's on a MacBook? My family has a humongous collection of Blu-ray's (the digital codes a missing or most were used by someone else).

I was thinking of getting one of those portable Blu-ray players and keeping it under my bed when I want to watch an occasional movie I don't have in my digital collection/stream library.
I don't know abotu Mac, but Windows cannot play blu-ray discs without purchasing a 3rd party software player, which is likely not included with most drives.
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Dumb question. Can this be used to rip FLAC or WAV files from an audio CD?
Just so you know, like someone else said, it can. That being said, a $20 external cd drive would do the same thing and that's what I use with "exact audio copy". Doesn't make sense to buy $10 digital albums when the cd with free digital version is the same price or $9.97 and you can rip lossless rather than mp3.
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Usb 2.0 is slow. Can this model do triple layer blur ray disc?
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This drive is digital. People who own large quality monitors and projectors want higher quality than streaming provides. UHD blu-ray bitrates are bigger and provide a better picture on large screens. This will cost more than $10, so stay in school, get a good job and save your money. Or you can go on Slickdeals and point your fist at a cloud and yell "this should only be $10" and have an entire community chuckle at your ignorance.
Well said. Agree with you. The quality of online streaming is just not as good as physical discs. Real 4k quality requires a lot of bandwidth. Also I agree, stay in school, get a better job, earn more money.
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Ahhh, nothing like ripping a 100GB movie file using USB 2.0. Could probably film the movie in it's entirety before the rip is completed.
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You can also use HandBrake.
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What's the deal with people going "I don't need or want this, therefore it's trash" on stuff? Like, what are you hoping to accomplish? Always baffles me.

"Multiple cloud services backup may be a better option than tape, no?"

It's best to do both for the most important files, cloud in one or two places and physical backups in two or more different locations ideally. Cloud storage has been lost before, it's not an impossibility, though it gets better and better at avoiding this over time.
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