Need help downgrading ASUS BW 16D1HT drive

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vdj89
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Need help downgrading ASUS BW 16D1HT drive

Post by vdj89 » Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:21 pm

I am new to the scene and have several BluRays that I'd like to stream via my home NAS. I recently purchased a 16D1HT drive with an USB adapter as I only have a MacBook Pro. The drive came with 3.03 pre-loaded and all the methods listed to downgrade the firmware require Windows/DOS and they don't seem to work with a USB3 enclosure. They seem to require an IDE connection. Is there a way I could possibly flash the drive with the older firmware with a USB connection? I have a laptop running Linux. Would that help? I can possibly insert the drive in my home NAS but it is running Linux. Would I be able to flash the drive with Linux? If so, could you guys please point me to the instructions?

TIA!

annisman
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Re: Need help downgrading ASUS BW 16D1HT drive

Post by annisman » Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:48 am

There are some members here on the forum who have offered to flash FW (send your drive to them) and/or have UHD friendly drives they can sell, so if you can't flash your own maybe look into that.

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Re: Need help downgrading ASUS BW 16D1HT drive

Post by Nuccidrummer » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:21 am

vdj89 wrote:I am new to the scene and have several BluRays that I'd like to stream via my home NAS. I recently purchased a 16D1HT drive with an USB adapter as I only have a MacBook Pro. The drive came with 3.03 pre-loaded and all the methods listed to downgrade the firmware require Windows/DOS and they don't seem to work with a USB3 enclosure. They seem to require an IDE connection. Is there a way I could possibly flash the drive with the older firmware with a USB connection? I have a laptop running Linux. Would that help? I can possibly insert the drive in my home NAS but it is running Linux. Would I be able to flash the drive with Linux? If so, could you guys please point me to the instructions?

TIA!
Did you have any luck with this?

vdj89
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Re: Need help downgrading ASUS BW 16D1HT drive

Post by vdj89 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:18 am

Yes, connected the drive up to my NAS with SATA cable. I confirmed I'm able switch the disk controller to IDE mode. I just need to follow instructions to backup the original fw and flash the drive. I haven't had the time to try it. Hopefully, will get to this weekend! :D

vdj89
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Re: Need help downgrading ASUS BW 16D1HT drive

Post by vdj89 » Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:11 am

I downgraded the firmware. It was relatively straight forward. The instructions seem pretty overwhelming at first. I'm a Mac user but if you have Windows, it works for you too. In fact you can skip some steps.
  • Installed Windows 10 in VirtualBox
  • Downloaded Windows 7 PE ISO (Google is your friend. There are plenty available online)
  • Flashed my USB drive with Windows 7 PE and copied all the files in this post
  • Connected the ASUS drive to my NAS over SATA
  • Plugged in the USB drive and I booted up my NAS with the ASUS drive set to IDE mode
  • Ran the dosflash utility & selected Read mode and dumped my original firmware
  • Ran the EEPROM Data Mover - this spat out the new firmware
  • Ran the same dosflash utility to erase and install the new firmware
  • Rebooted and I was done
I was able to backup my Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition disk. Super stoked this works :) Let me know if you need any help.

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