I had this issue earlier this evening and it was a painful battle to resolve - and if I'm being totally honest, I'm still unsure what precisely resolved it as I got fed up and changed 10 things at once.
All this to say, take the "fix" below with a grain of salt...
-> Attempt 1, all controllers enabled using Dell OEM image -> same error as OP
-> VMWare factory 6.5a ISO -> no change
-> remap LUN on id1 0 -> no change
-> format LUN using ESXi partedutil (alt-f1 shell after failure) -> no change
-> format LUN DOS using gparted -> no change
-> Disable all unessary oproms, leaving on Qlogic card -> no change
-> Disable PERC raid controller in bios, at this point I accidentially booted the wrong installer from my SD card: ESXi6U2 installer . To my surprise, the OS/boot drive formatted/partitioned and ESXi was successfully installed
-> Did not boot into 6U2, i immediately booted the VMWare 6U5 installer and selected the clean install option (I believe its labeled "do not preserve")
Server: Dell PowerEdge M630 (bios v1.2.5, firmwar 18.104.22.168)
OS disk: 8GB fiber-channel LUN - id0
Data disk: 1TB fiber-challen LUN - id1
CPU: 2x Xeon 2643v3
RAM: 128GB DDR4
RAID controller: PERC H730 Mini (firmware 25.3.0.0016, driver: 6.910.18)
2xDell 240GB SAS SSD (raid1)
NIC1: BRCM 10GbE 2P 57810s bNDC
NIC2: Intel(R) Gigabit 4P I350-t Mezz
HBA: QLogic Fibre Channel Adapter (firmware: 03.22.07
Hope this helps,
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Had the same issue when trying to install ESXi 6.5 Update 1 on external storage setup on NetApp. It turned out that issue was due to LUN size of 8G, after increased the size to 11G, we could install the 6.5 Update 1 without any issues.
If nothing helps, open a support ticket with VMware. Because who knows, maybe you've run into a bug and you're just wasting your time trying to find a workaround.
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Had same error on an 8GB LUN.
Extended to 16GB and installation completed successfully.