Enabling a feature in Data ONTAP might consume space that you are not aware of or more space than you expected. Data ONTAP helps you determine how space is being consumed by providing three perspectives from which to view space: the volume, a volume's footprint within the aggregate, and the aggregate.
A volume can run out of space due to space consumption or insufficient space within the volume, aggregate, or a combination of both. By seeing a feature-oriented breakdown of space usage from different perspectives, you can assess which features you might want to adjust or turn off, or take other action (such as increase the size of the aggregate or volume).
You can view space usage details from any of these perspectives:
This perspective provides details about space usage within the volume, including usage by Snapshot copies. The volume's active file system consists of user data, file system metadata, and inodes. Data ONTAP features that you enable might increase the amount of metadata, and in the case of Snapshot copies, can sometimes spill into the user data portion of the active file system.
You see a volume's space usage by using the vol status -S command.
This perspective provides details about the amount of space each volume is using in the containing aggregate, including the volume's metadata.
You see a volume's footprint with the aggregate by using the vol status -F command.
This perspective includes totals of the volume footprints of all of the volumes contained in the aggregate, space reserved for aggregate Snapshot copies, and other aggregate metadata.
You can see the aggregate's space usage by using the aggr status -S command.
Certain features, such as tape backup and deduplication, use space for metadata both from the volume and directly from the aggregate. These features show different space usage between the volume and volume footprint perspectives.