Copy Volume function

The Copy Volume function enables you to create a point-in-time copy of a volume by creating two separate volumes, the source volume and the target volume, on the same storage array. This function performs a byte-by-byte copy from the source volume to the target volume, making the data on the target volume identical to the data on the source volume.

Data copying for greater access

As your storage requirements for a volume change, you can use the Copy Volume function to copy data from pools or volume groups that use smaller capacity drives to pools or volume groups that use larger capacity drives. For example, you can use the Copy Volume function to do the following:

Change a thin volume to a thick volume

If you want to change a thin volume to a thick volume, use the Copy Volume operation to create a copy of the thin volume. The target of a Copy Volume operation is always a thick volume.

Note: SANtricity System Manager does not provide an option to create thin volumes. If you want to create thin volumes, use the Command Line Interface (CLI).

Backup data

The Copy Volume function lets you back up a volume by copying data from one volume to another volume on the same storage array. You can use the target volume as a backup for the source volume, for system testing, or to back up to another device, such as a tape drive.

Restore snapshot volume data to the base volume

If you need to restore data to the base volume from its associated snapshot volume, you can use the Copy Volume function to copy data from the snapshot volume to the base volume. You can create a volume copy of the data on the snapshot volume, and then copy the data to the base volume.

Source and target volumes

The following table specifies the types of volumes that can be used for source and target volumes with the Copy Volume function.

Volume type Offline volume copy source volume Online volume copy source volume Online and offline target volume
Thick volume in a pool Yes Yes Yes
Thick volume in a volume group Yes Yes Yes
Thin volume Yes Yes No
Snapshot volume Yes1 No No
Snapshot base volume Yes No No
Remote mirror primary volume Yes2 No Yes

1You cannot use the snapshot volume copy until after the online copy operation completes.

2If the source volume is a primary volume, the capacity of the target volume must be equal to or greater than the usable capacity of the source volume.