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How Snapshot copies work with FlexClone files and FlexClone LUNs

You can create FlexClone files and FlexClone LUNs from an existing Snapshot copy of the parent files and parent LUNs contained in a FlexVol volume. If the base Snapshot copy of a FlexVol volume is deleted, the dependent FlexClone files and FlexClone LUNs are not deleted.

You must consider the following while using a Snapshot copy for creating FlexClone files and FlexClone LUNs:

For more information about the automatic and manual deletion of Snapshot copies, see the Data ONTAP Data Protection Online Backup and Recovery Guide for 7-Mode.