One of the great things about working for a storage company is that I have access to TONS of storage. In the current project I’m working on, I have to create a huge volume and fill it up to ensure that the SCSI/FCP layer, NetApp filer, and the operating system are all able to handle it. How large was my test volume? Sixteen Terabytes (16TB = 16 * (2^40) bytes):

Volume in drive E is NTAP1
Volume Serial Number is DC10-EBF9

Directory of E:

01/09/2006 02:25 PM 7 testFile
1 File(s) 7 bytes
0 Dir(s) 17,554,814,398,464 bytes free

I was able to easily pull it off by converting the disk to a GUID Partition Table (Windows Server 2003 SP1 GPT) and then perform a quick format, of course. So, now I’m off to begin the long process of filling this thing up.

[tags]Volume, LUN, GUID, GPT, terabyte, TB, NetApp[/tags]