I have just assumed a new position in another organization, and it looks like they have not had a storage administrator for quite some time. After my initial review of their storage, I have found the following problem, and before I raise the red flag, I want to be sure that I can fix it.
A large majority of their hard drives, 1TB+ have a Effective Size of 20.5MB. This seems way out of proportion. Luckily, no data exist on these drives.
Therefore, and correct me if I am wrong, but to bring them up to their correct effective size, all I need to do is format each drive so that they will adjust to the proper size. If I am off the mark, which is a good possibility, please correct me, but they are wasting a ton of storage space and are considering purchasing more.
It looks as thou, whoever configured this was different techs at different times. On one shelf, half of the hard drives are formatted correctly, and they have data on them, while the other half are formatted the way I showed you, and they do not have data on them.
This is just one of the problems that I have found and I was checking to see if my recommendation is correct, and that is to format the drives. Luckily, I do have one entire shelf, nothing on it and not assigned to any aggregate, in which I can play with. On the partner, they are all correctly formtted, that is why I am figuring that doing the format will fix it.
What is your opinion and thanks for the replies. I am done for the day in 15 minutes, so I will log on from home.