When you need to update the Disk Qualification Package
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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.