The only way that makes sense, and preserves Herrie’s infallibility( ) is that NEC figures that even if we flash their official firmware, we are “altering” their precious device “on our own”. :Z
So, they “wash their hands” and release themselves of mechanically supporting their drive once we “tamper” with it, in their eyes. Do you agree Herrie?
I guess it’s like saying" if you open the VCR’s lid, you void the warranty".
Not that I know much, but I figured that, assuming the software is modified correctly (and I figure you do), that should not affect the hardware’s functioning. But, since we’re messing with “the natural order of things”, we cannot say we have left everything like the mfg made it 100%, so we must “flash at our own risk”; but in reality I still think software/firmware should not be mixed with hardware components failure, imho.