Consolidate free capacity for a volume group

Use the Consolidate Free Capacity option to consolidate existing free extents on a selected volume group. By performing this action, you can create additional volumes from the maximum amount of free capacity in a volume group.

Before you begin

About this task

You cannot cancel the operation after it begins. Your data remains accessible during the consolidation operation.

You can launch the Consolidate Free Capacity dialog box using any of the following methods:

A free capacity area is the free capacity that can result from deleting a volume or from not using all available free capacity during volume creation. When you create a volume in a volume group that has one or more free capacity areas, the volume’s capacity is limited to the largest free capacity area in that volume group. For example, if a volume group has a total of 15 GiB free capacity, and the largest free capacity area is 10 GiB, the largest volume you can create is 10 GiB.

You consolidate free capacity on a volume group to improve write performance. Your volume group's free capacity will become fragmented over time as the host writes, modifies, and deletes files. Eventually, the available capacity will not be located in a single contiguous block, but will be scattered in small fragments across the volume group. This causes further file fragmentation, since the host must write new files as fragments to fit them into the available ranges of free clusters.

Procedure

  1. Select Storage > Pools & Volume Groups.
  2. Select the volume group with free capacity that you want to consolidate, and then select Uncommon Tasks > Consolidate volume group free capacity.
    The Consolidate Free Capacity dialog box appears.
  3. Type consolidate to confirm you want to perform this operation.
  4. Click Consolidate.

Result

System Manager begins consolidating (defragmenting) the volume group’s free capacity areas into one contiguous amount for subsequent storage configuration tasks.

After you finish

Select Home > View Operations in Progress to view the progress of the Consolidate Free Capacity operation. This operation can be lengthy and could affect system performance.