we have recently purchased a few HDDs for E-Series from the company we have purchased the storage systems from a few years ago (Support contract ran out earlier this year, we just need to keep the systems alive for a few more weeks as the sucessor systems are delayed and only to go live in the near future). Erroneously, ONTAP-adapted devices were delivered (X377A with a FW NA01) instead of E-Series-compatible ones. Now, as the market is wiped clean we would not really want to sent these devices back if there is a chance to convert them.
Our controllers state at least the type (X377_HLBRE10TA07 ), size (9124GB)and FW (NA01). Is it possible to convert these disks and , if so , by what steps (just apply an NExx FW? or something more?) The disk cases show that these devices are HGST drives originally (HUH721010AL5204) which agrees with the devices we run already in those E-Series boxes.
The drives originally come from HGST, they are not born E-series or FAS drives, and only then undergo some modification to become E-Series or ONTAP drives, resp.
This is for sure not irreversible. However, I understand the LSI controllers in the E-Series and their FW are not capable of achieving that (Low-Level formatting?). Is there a way Netapp can convert those devices out of order?
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