These may be sophomoric questions, but despite a few hours reading posts and googling, I still haven't found a conclusive answer to the following:
Is there rhyme or reason to the current liteon product model convention? For example, on the release thread for CodeKing's EEProm utility, he indicates that it's possible to crossflash between the following:
16W1P <> 16A1P <> 18A1P <> 18A1H <> 20A1P <> 20A1H <> 20A1S <> 20A1L
Is it correct to conclude that the first two digits refer to some limit, for example, speed, and the trailing letter indicates the drive featureset? Ie, the 18A1H and 20A1H may be the same hardware and featureset but the 18 version is firmware limited? (I infer this by comparing the features described on the liteon page for similar models, but my question is specific to wether they are the same hardware or not.)
Also, whats the difference between LH- and DH-? I can't identify a difference.
Long story short, I have a stack of DH-16A3L and DH-16A6S drives from HP and Dell workstations, respectively. I'd like to know if the 16A3L is hardware equivalent and a potential crossflash candidate, for example, to a 20A3L. My goal is building a machine that can be best described as 'burninator'.
Also, I can't find much mention of a '6' generation or family line, is the 16A6S some quirk labeling?
-A university computer lab tech.
PS. If this information was available elsewhere, I'd appreciate a suggestion. I apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your time.