When you need to update the Disk Qualification Package
The Disk Qualification Package (DQP) adds full support for newly qualified drives. Before you update drive firmware or add new drive types or sizes to a cluster, you must update the DQP. A best practice is to also update the DQP regularly; for example, every quarter or semi-annually.
You need to download and install the DQP in the following situations:
Whenever you add a new drive type or size to the node
For example, if you already have 1-TB drives and add 2-TB drives, you need to check for the latest DQP update.
Whenever you update the disk firmware
Whenever newer disk firmware or DQP files are available
Whenever you upgrade to a new version of ONTAP.
The DQP is not updated as part of an ONTAP upgrade.