When disks with different characteristics coexist on the same node, or when both disks and array LUNs are attached to the same node, the system has heterogeneous storage. When you create an aggregate from heterogeneous storage, you should take steps to ensure that Data ONTAP uses the disks you expect.
If your node has heterogeneous storage and you do not explicitly specify what type of disks to use, Data ONTAP uses the disk type (including array LUNs) with the highest number of available disks. When you create or add storage to an aggregate using heterogeneous storage, you should use one of the following methods to ensure that Data ONTAP selects the correct disks or disk types:
Disks with a usable size between 90% and 105% of the specified size are selected.
You can use the -simulate option to identify which disks Data ONTAP selects automatically. If you are happy with the disks selected, you can proceed with automatic disk selection. Otherwise, you can use one of the previous methods to ensure that the correct disks are selected.
You can list the names of specific disks you want to use. However, it is a best practice to use the diskcount option rather than disk lists; this allows Data ONTAP to make the best disk selection for your configuration.