@zebadee and et al.
There are good reasons to questioning this "ritual"...
I thought, it's already known that there is no difference between the data sent to drive either if you use a flasher and .cvt firmware or the stock .exe flasher. The data sent to drives memory is the same bit by bit. Thus resulting in drive being basically flashed with a .cvt file.
The only difference I have seen are a more relaxed timings in validating memory data chanks sent to drive when using .exe flasher/firmware.
Now maybe some of you say; prove it. Sure, everybody can check/prove this out, simply by running TraceSPTI while flashing .exe firmware respectively flashing drive with .cvt firmware.
Just add "WinDWFlash" and "CmdFlash" (without quotes) to SptiHook.ini.
For further details check out the TraceSPTI guide in my sig (to which zebadee contributed).
Now everybody can draw their own conclusion about the "ritual"...
And the many time raised and linked "better or improved" burns when reflashing drive several times are most probably only related to drive quality, good compu setup and high quality media used.
Until somebody proves otherwise, I'm confident in my findings.