Start volume initialization

The start volume initialize command starts the formatting of a volume in a storage array.

Supported Arrays

This command applies to any individual storage array, including the E2700, E5600, E2800, E5700, EF600 and EF300 arrays, as long as all SMcli packages are installed.


To execute this command on an E2800, E5700, EF600, or EF300 storage array, you must have the Storage Admin role.


Note: Formatting a volume starts a long-running operation that you cannot stop.


start volume [volumeName] initialize


Parameter Description

The name of a volume that you want to format. Enclose the volume name in square brackets ([ ]). If the volume name has special characters or numbers, you must enclose the name in double quotation marks (" ") inside square brackets.

Minimum firmware level