“I purchased a Archgon MD-8107S-U3YC-UHD and the current firmware is 1.0.1. I am very new at flashing these drives and simply have no idea what to do. I see this thread on MakeMKV forums, but I do not see the firmware file to flash with.
I am trying to get this drive flashed so I can use it with Make MKV to rip one of my Blu-ray UHD movie. Can someone give me detailed instructions and links to the flash software and firmware download please?”
In this guide, we’re about to teach everyone how to flash the firmware on a 4K UHD drive including Archgon MD-8107S-U3-UHD, without installing any extra add-on.
Part 1: A brief introduction to Archgon MD-8107S-U3-UHD
Archgon MD-8107S-U3-UHD is a premium external UHD 4K Blu-Ray Writer Super-Muti drive with M-DISC support.
This UHD Blu-ray drive can read UHD, read and write regular Blu-ray, DVD, and CD with certain software tools. For regular Blu-ray, DVD, and CD, you can use ordinary media software tools that come with your computer. When it comes to the 4K UHD Blu-ray playback, that would be a little bit more demanding, you can trust the CyberLink PowerDVD or Leawo Free 4K UHD Player. These two applications perfectly match with Archgon MD-8107S-U3-UHD based on our tests. However, the CyberLink PowerDVD hasn’t released its Mac version yet so I think Leawo Free 4K UHD Player could be your first-rank choice as it offers both Windows and Mac adapted versions.
Part 2: How to fix Archgon MD-8107S-U3-UHD can't read 4K
Sometimes the UHD drives require a “friendly” firmware version to playback the 4K UHD discs that come with advanced protection. Usually, the “friendly” firmware version of the UHD drive makes it easier to access the 4K UHD content since the 'friendly' drives can read regular BDXL media without implementing AACS2 protection, while the 'unfriendly' drives implement the AACS2 protection. As such, you can fix the “Archgon MD-8107S-U3-UHD can't read 4K” issue by downgrading firmware to a compatible version.
Part 3: How to downgrade Archgon MD-8107S-U3-UHD firmware
You can find proven ways to downgrade firmware on Archgon MD 8107S U3 UHD drive on MakeMKV forum, but most of those solutions require advanced computer skills to perform the operations. If you tend to an easier method to flash firmware on 4K UHD drive, I’d say Leawo UHD Drive Tool is the best option.
Leawo UHD Drive Tool, a flexible gadget to downgrade UHD-unfriendly firmware on Blu-ray drive to a compatible version, and make copying/ripping/watching UHD disc possible in Leawo UHD Copy, Leawo UHD Ripper and Leawo Free 4K Blu-ray Player respectively. Covering internal 4K Blu-ray drives with SATA interface, external 4K Blu-ray drives and external USB drives, Leawo UHD Drive Tool is designed to support the overwhelming majority of 4K UHD drive existing, such as LG WH16NS60. There is a list of UHD drives that Leawo UHD Drive Tool is compatible with.
It supports a wide range of 4K UHD drives.
It enables you to downgrade UHD-unfriendly Firmware on Blu-ray drive to a compatible version for 4K UHD Blu-ray ripping, copying or playing via certain programs.
It has an intuitive interface
It can provide you with detailed information about your UHD Bu-ray drive, as well as a helpful log when you use the software.
It supports Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Check out the step-by-step guide below to learn how to downgrade UHD drive using the Leawo UHD Drive tool.
Step 1: Install the small tool to the PC
Click the button above to install the small tool. It is lightweight and easy to install. Launch the tool after installation. Bear in mind to connect the UHD drive onto the PC as well.
Step 2: Choose the optical drive to downgrade
Click the downward icon on the right from the Optical drive section to select the target optical drive to downgrade. Note that this tool supports almost all popular UHD drives on the market.
Step 3: Choose the firmware version to downgrade
Now click the UHD Compatible Firmware downward icon to call out compatible firmware versions, choose the target version accordingly.
Step 4: Start to downgrade firmware
Hit the Downgrade Firmware button at the bottom of the interface to start downgrading firmware. The process will be on track through the Status progress bar. Once it is done, you will see a window asking you to restart your PC.
Step 5: Restart PC to make downgraded firmware work
When firmware has been successfully flashed to a compatible version, you can restart the PC to validate the firmware downgrade and check whether your 4K discs can be accessible now.
Here is a video guide on how to use Leawo UHD Drive Tool:
Part 4: Applications that compatible with Archgon MD-8107S-U3-UHD for better 4K experience
- 1. Software tool for copying UHD content
If you tend to copy your UHD discs to your hard drive, or onto another writable UHD disc, you can always rely on Leawo UHD Copy. This software has the following features and advantages:
•Copy 4K UHD Blu-ray movies of all countries.
•It can remove AACS 2.0 protection upon 4K UHD Blu-ray discs.
•Clone 4K UHD Blu-ray in 1:1 full movie or movie-only mode.
- 2. Software tool for ripping UHD content
For all your UHD ripping needs, you can always rely on Leawo UHD Ripper. These are the features and advantages of Leawo UHD Ripper
•It can decrypt 4K UHD Blu-ray with AACS 2.0.
•Rip 4K UHD Blu-ray of all types to video and audio
•High quality UHD disc to video/audio conversion is guaranteed.
- 3. Software tool for playing UHD content on your computer
Compared with CyberLink PowerDVD, Leawo Free 4K UHD Player seems like a better choice for UHD playback. First of all, Leawo’s player is literally free while as CyberLink PowerDVD costs at least £47.99. Next, Leawo Free 4K UHD Player offers both PC and Mac version so that 4K UHD playback on Mac is guaranteed. Aside from the said, Leawo Free 4K Blu-ray Player has the following features and advantages:
•It supports all types of DVDs and 4K Blu-ray Discs or files for playback, and you do not need to worry about region locks, as it supports all the regions A, B or C for Blu-rays, and regions 0 to 6 for DVDs.
•It supports over 180 video and audio formats for playback, including UHD formats, AVI, ASF, FLV, MKV, MOV, MPEG, WMV, MP4, M4A, MP3, AAC, OGM NUT, etc.
•It will provide an immense audio experience.