Initialize volumes

A volume is automatically initialized when it is first created. However, the Recovery Guru might advise that you manually initialize a volume to recover from certain failure conditions. Use this option only under the guidance of technical support. You can select one or more volumes to initialize.

Before you begin

Attention: You cannot cancel the operation after it starts. All volume data is erased. Do not try this operation unless the Recovery Guru advises you to do so. Contact technical support before you begin this procedure.

About this task

When you initialize a volume, the volume keeps its WWN, host assignments, allocated capacity, and reserved capacity settings. It also keeps the same Data Assurance (DA) settings and security settings.

The following types of volumes cannot be initialized:

This topic applies only to standard volumes created from pools or volume groups.

Procedure

  1. Select Storage > Volumes.
  2. Select any volume, and then select More > Initialize volumes.
    The Initialize Volumes dialog box appears. All volumes on the storage array appear in this dialog box.
  3. Select one or more volumes that you want to initialize, and confirm that you want to perform the operation.

Result

System Manager performs the following actions:

Select Home > View Operations in Progress to view the progress of the initialize operation that is currently running for the selected volume. This operation can be lengthy and could affect system performance.