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Creating an aggregate using unpartitioned drives

You create an aggregate to provide storage to one or more FlexVol volumes and Infinite Volumes. Aggregates are a physical storage object; they are associated with a specific node in the cluster.

Before you begin

About this task

This procedure should not be used to create an aggregate composed of root or data partitions.

Drives and array LUNs are owned by a specific node; when you create an aggregate, all drives in that aggregate must be owned by the same node, which becomes the home node for that aggregate.

Aggregate names must conform to the following requirements:


  1. Display a list of available spares: storage aggregate show-spare-disks -original-owner node_name
  2. Create the aggregate by using the storage aggregate create command.
    If you are logged in to the cluster on the cluster management interface, you can create an aggregate on any node in the cluster. To ensure that the aggregate is created on a specific node, use the -node parameter or specify drives that are owned by that node.

    The following list describes some of the options you can specify:

    • Aggregate's home node (that is, the node on which the aggregate is located unless the aggregate fails over to the node's storage failover partner)
    • The number of disks or array LUNs to be added, or a list of specific drives or array LUNs that are to be included in the aggregate

      For optimal disk selection, use the diskcount parameter rather than a disk list. This allows Data ONTAP to make an optimal disk selection for your configuration.

    • Checksum style to use for the aggregate
    • Type of drives to use
    • Size of drives to use
    • Drive speed to use
    • RAID type for RAID groups on the aggregate
    • Maximum number of drives or array LUNs that can be included in a RAID group
    • Whether drives with different RPM are allowed
  3. Monitor zeroing progress and verify the RAID groups and drives of your new aggregate: storage aggregate show-status aggr_name


You want to create a storage configuration for a single-node cluster and have 4 shelves of SAS disks totaling 96 drives, with 3 drives used for the root aggregate. You decide to allocate the remaining drives in the following manner:

To accomplish this goal, you use the following steps:

  1. Create the first RAID group of 19 disks: storage aggregate create -aggregate n01sas01 -node cl-01 -diskcount 19 -maxraidsize 19 -disktype SAS
  2. Change the aggregate's maximum RAID group size to 18: storage aggregate modify -aggregate n01sas01 -maxraidsize 18
  3. Add the remaining 54 disks as 4 RAID groups of 18 disks each: storage aggregate add-disks -aggregate n01sas01 -node cl-01 -diskcount 54 -disktype SAS

Later, if you added a 24-drive shelf to the node and wanted to add the storage to this aggregate, you could again modify the RAID group size to 24 so that the entire shelf could be accommodated in a single RAID group, provided that a RAID group size of 24 is acceptable for your installation.