I have a good number of unbound drives on one array that is a 5400 at our DR site. I have some empty slots in my drive enclosures on my 5700 which could use a bump in space and performance. Can I swap drives out of the 5400 and put them into the 5700? Or is the firmware completely different?
Thanks in advance,
it depends - you can look up which part numbers are supported on which model in the DAE and drive firmware matrix available from support.emc.com
besides the technical side there is also the matter of support contracts - since EMC needs to know which drives are in which System for replacement and also since the drives usually derive their maintenance Level and Duration from the System they were bought for you need to check this with your local EMC customer service rep
Please Check KB:
450139 : Drives transferred or moved from a VNX array to a VNX with MCx array will not spin up. https://support.emc.com/kb/450139
According to this you need an RPQ for that kind of action.
Here's the contents;
|Drives that do not have the correct firmware which supports Enhanced Queuing will not spin up.|
Running the command naviseccli h <SP IP addr> faults list shows the drives are faulted and as removed.
These drives will be unusable.
VNX with MCx Release 33 arrays must have drive firmware that supports Enhanced Queuing. Drives that come from a previous generation of hardware are not currently supported.
EMC has made every effort to ensure that all field spares are at the required version of firmware.
|A VNX array with MCx (Block OE Release 33) array requires a version of firmware that supports Enhanced Queuing. Previous generation drives do not have this feature.|
|To resolve this issue:|
Bus <bus #> Enclosure <encl #>: Faulted
Bus <bus #> Enclosure <encl #> Disk <disk #> : Removed
std:WARN OBJ <disk obj #> DSK:<bus #>_<encl #>_<slot #>: Drive firmware upgrade required. Enhanced queuing not supported