Third-party drives not permitted on Gen 11 servers

Eric Rostetter rostetter at
Wed Feb 10 11:35:44 CST 2010

Quoting "s.mishima" <s.mishima at>:

> I have PowerEdge Server with DELL certified Seagate harddisk.
> I bought it from DELL.
> The DELL certified Seagate harddisk has lock problem 1/320 probability
> every power-on spinup.

Yeah, I bought two of those systems too. ;) Again, thought about writing
this in my post, but decided against it...

> But DELL support says,
> "Out of Warranty."

Yeah, fortunately it is a firmware upgrade you can do without warranty.
In fact, Dell wouldn't replace them at all, only provide the firmware

> What is DELL certified ?
> What is DELL warranty ?

The proper question here is, why didn't Dell's extensive testing for
certification help catch this issue?

The warranty doesn't really apply, since it is just a firmware upgrade,
and the firmware is free...

Eric Rostetter
The Department of Physics
The University of Texas at Austin

Go Longhorns!

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