On a new installation without a root volume already present, are there any alternatives to the 4a option? With the new 2TB drives, it takes about 8 hours to initialize, causing an installation to take 2 days. There must be an alternative though I have never heard of one. Does this procedure seem like it would work? Netboot, create an aggregate, create a volume and map it, create a software directory, copy an Ontap installation file, run software install, set the root volume, reboot.