Well, like I said in my earlier post - techs from optical drive manufacturers (specifically Plextor and Teac) personally told me that they had cases where drives got a "screwy" flash. I think they said it was because the flash got interrupted by some cause. It's like when flashing a BIOS on a motherboard that gets interrupted and cuases one's BIOS to become toasted. That's the analogy they gave me. I believe it was because some software interrupted the flash, or because someone accidently hit a key combo (I know some people are morons) that made the drive access the disc during the flashing procedure.
This was quite a few years ago and was relative to CD burners. Back then, I was using Plextor and Teac CD burners all the time and asked their techs why one couldn't have a disc in the drive at the same time a firmware flash was being performed. I was told that probably nothing negative would happen. But, they said there was a small chance that an interruption could cause a messed up flash to occur and that they had seen a few cases where such had happened.
Anyhow, why would one want to chance such a thing? Just take any media out of your drive until the flash update is over and your system has rebooted. Why ask for possible trouble if it can be easily avoided? Maybe the newer drives have been made with a way to prevent such from now happening. I don't know? But, most optical drive companies still tell you to have no media inside of the drive when flashing the drive's firmware.
If anyone cares to use their own drive(s) for testing such out, by all means go right ahead. I would be curious to see the outcome, but not curious enough to test such with my drives. :bigsmile: