Updating hdd firmware with another
Unfortunately, it took a lot of experimentation to find out that this particular server will not handle anything older or newer, but USC 1.3.There is no scientific explanation for that up to now, because generally in such a case Dell just replaces the motherboard without going on into the details of what exactly went wrong.These updates are not to be neglected as for instance a recent critical SSD update was to fix the minimum advertised I/O block size.I've just been given some used HDDs from my friends. I made a mistake when I said you don't have a ATA controller, you do, technically its a SATA controller and the software in question only supports IDE mode.This was found to be the most reliable and complete procedure to update most of the firmwares in the system.In order to perform such an update, one needs to enter the “System Services” menu on boot (F10).Updating firmware used to be an uncomplicated, albeit slightly dangerous process.Unfortunately, as the server hardware developed over time, it did not become any simpler, but rather evolved into even more of an arcane rite.
It is recommended to first update all of the suggested firmwares and then again launch Platform Update to update USC itself separately, because it was found to be the less reliable update of all.
Dell normally provides DUPs on the server support pages for Windows and Linux or upon request.