HankD1
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New vMax install question - Drive formatting

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I'm installing a new vMax with 950 drives. The bin file was loaded by noon today and it running the format on the drives. How can I tell where it's at in the formatting?

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MelbSteve
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Re: New vMax install question - Drive formatting

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Hi HankD,

If the bin file load is complete you need not wait to use the system as the VTOC will continue in the background. If you need to write to a volume before the VTOC has completed then the system will VTOC the tracks you require before completing a write.

Steve

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dynamox
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VTOC for so many drives will take a while, you will see the drives will stop flashing when it's done. I think at that point CE still needs to do some other work before he turns it over to you.

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MelbSteve
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Re: New vMax install question - Drive formatting

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Hi HankD,

If the bin file load is complete you need not wait to use the system as the VTOC will continue in the background. If you need to write to a volume before the VTOC has completed then the system will VTOC the tracks you require before completing a write.

Steve

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M39
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Re: New vMax install question - Drive formatting

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Hi Hank D,

VTOC happens in sequence of DRIVE GROUPS created in BIN FILE... Mirror SYMVOLS will be completed very fast but RAID-5 will take longer time…

You can see most of DRIVES LEDS blinking till last. These DRIVES are generally part of RAID-5 DRIVE GROUPS.

Relax & Wait for KEY TO SUCCESS 😄

Thanks & Regards,

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mattcowger1
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Last time I had a VMAX this size (mine was 800 drives) with almost everything RAID5 it took about 60 hrs to complete VTOC.

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HankD1
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It wasn't too bad, the fiber dives took about 18 hours but the SATA took  3 days.

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