[QUOTE=mciahel;2124092]The latest official firmware package from Samsung comes with a new flasher - TSDNWIN - which fortunately still supports the -NOCHECK parameter.[/QUOTE]
But the Tsdnwin flasher was not able to flash OEM drives (Dell in my case), even with the -nocheck option.
I had to use the Sfdnwin flasher to flash the Dell into a Samsung.
And here’s the thing, once the OEM drive has been flashed with the Samsung firmware, I can only use the Tsdnwin flasher to flash (or re-flash) firmware on it again.
It took me a while to figure this out as Tsdnwin kept failing to recognize the origianal Dell drive. Maybe I was doing something wrong. But Samsung does have different firmware code for drives destined to different locations, but I’m not sure if this would prevent Tsdnwin from flashing a drive if it recognizes it to be of a different firmware code then the firmware that is to be flashed on. But I’m telling those who have a Dell OEM what I did to make it work.
Interestingly, if you go to Samsung.com and do a search for SH-S223F and go to its firmware link
and download this file and extract the .exe, you’ll get Sfdnwin flasher, not Tsdnwin flasher.