crossflashing means to flash a firmware from another drive (with identical hardware!) to the own drive. Usually, there are device checks in the flashers that need to be overridden in order to flash the other firmware.
Crossflashing might be useful:
- if you have an OEM drive with limited capabilities (example: Dell had DVD-RAM disabled with their OEM versions some years ago.
- if you have an OEM drive that has no firmware update support (unlike the retail version or other OEMs)
- if the firmware of another brand's clone has different features (example: Nexperia Benq and Philips drives - Philips are nearly useless for scanning)
Crossflashing is dangerous:
you need to know what you are doing. If something goes wrong, your drive is dead.