Create pool automatically

Pool creation is initiated automatically when System Manager detects unassigned drives in the storage array. You can use automatic pool creation to easily configure all unassigned drives in the storage array into one pool and to add drives into existing pools.

Before you begin

You can launch the Pool Auto-Configuration dialog box when one of these conditions are true:

About this task

Keep in mind the following:

You can launch the Pool Auto-Configuration dialog box using any of the following methods:


  1. Select Storage > Pools & Volume Groups.
  2. Select More > Launch pool auto-configuration.
    The results table lists new pools, existing pools with drives added, or both. A new pool is named with a sequential number by default.

    Notice that System Manager will do the following:

    • Create a single pool if there are a sufficient number of drives with the same drive type (HDD or SSD) and have similar capacity.
    • Create multiple pools if the unassigned capacity consists of different drive types.
    • Add the drives to an existing pool if a pool is already defined in the storage array, and you add new drives of the same drive type to the pool.
    • Add the drives of the same drive type to the existing pool, and use the other drive types to create different pools if the new drives are of different drive types.
  3. To change the name of a new pool, click the Edit icon (the pencil).
  4. To view additional characteristics of the pool, position the cursor over or touch the Details icon (the page).
    Information about the drive type, security capability, data assurance (DA) capability, shelf loss protection, and drawer loss protection appears.
  5. Click Accept.