Firmware upgrade through USB

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#1

I am getting a NEC ND-3500a DVD Burner for Christmas. I am installing this in an external USB 2.0 enclosure. I am interested in the possibility of upgrading the firmware, but I am not sure if I can do this through the USB. I have checked NEC’s website and they say not to do it through USB, but I don’t know about the 3rd party firmware upgrades.

Any information on doing this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Tim


#2

As long as you are logged in as an administrator to a Windows 2000/XP/2003 machine, NEC’s updates should work through USB. A Win32 version of BinFlash should also work on this setup.

NEC probably says “don’t do it” since they don’t sell and USB drives themselves.

Moved to the NEC forum.


#3

Welcome to forum :wink:

I upgraded my NEC 3500 in USB2 enclosure with stock 2.18 firmware a few days ago without any problem.

Liggy´s Binflash (NECWinFlash) is also working, to my knowledge, if you like to upgrade to “3rd party” firmware.

Note. My enclosure has a Ali USB2 chip.


#4

thank you, that puts my mind at ease. BTW, I know there are people out there that don’t understand why I would put this drive in an enclosure, and the reason is because I am using it with a laptop. The assumption by some people is that laptops all have 4500 rpm hard drives. Mine is 7200 rpm and I think this will be a good setup even if I won’t be able to burn at 16x.


#5

i wouldn’t risk the usb messing up the drive. its alot more work later on to fix it in dos if you have errors


#6

I have upgraded the firmware using NECWinFlash and it works great. I have actually flashed about 4 times so far.