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Enabling storage efficiency on a volume

You can use System Manager to enable storage efficiency and configure deduplication and data compression or only deduplication on a volume to save storage space. If you have not enabled storage efficiency when you created the volume, you can do so later by editing the volume.

Before you begin


  1. Expand the Storage Virtual Machines hierarchy in the left navigation pane.
  2. In the navigation pane, select the Storage Virtual Machine (SVM), and then click Storage > Volumes or Infinite Volumes .
  3. Select the volume for which you want to enable storage efficiency, and then click Edit.
  4. In the Edit Volume dialog box, click Storage Efficiency.
  5. Select the Enable Storage Efficiency check box.
  6. Select one of the following methods to run deduplication:
    If you want to run deduplication... Then...
    Based on a storage efficiency policy
    1. Ensure that the Policy based option is selected.
    2. Click Choose to select a storage efficiency policy.
    3. Click OK.
    When required Select the On-demand option.
  7. Optional: Select the Enable Compression check box to enable background compression.

    You cannot enable background compression for a volume contained by an aggregate with the All Flash Optimized personality.

  8. Optional: Select the Compress Inline check box to compress data while it is being written to the volume.
  9. Click Save and Close.