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Cannot format RAW volumes connected over FC

 
Neil Bernhart
Occasional Visitor

Cannot format RAW volumes connected over FC

I have a DL380 G4 with a QLA2340 FC card connected to two 1TB volumes on a MSA1500cs SAN. I can see the volumes in Win2008x64, but formatting RAW to NTFS is a no go. Quick format errors out, non-quick format goes nowhere.

Used diskpart to initialize the format, let it sit over the weekend, and it eventually errored out. No event log entries related to it.

Drivers for the FC cards are up to date.

Any insight?
5 REPLIES
Viveki
Trusted Contributor

Re: Cannot format RAW volumes connected over FC

Hi Bernahrt,

Please check the health of the array. It might be some issue from the storage side
Neil Bernhart
Occasional Visitor

Re: Cannot format RAW volumes connected over FC

The HP ACU reports no issues. Neither does the SANsurfer diag tools.

I should also mention that other volumes on the array mount and format without issues in VMware 4 (NTFS).
Viveki
Trusted Contributor

Re: Cannot format RAW volumes connected over FC

:(

Are these volumes newly created? If no, have you faced any issues before?
Did you try to delete these volumes in the aray and recreate it? If not, try once. Anyway it wont harm you as the LUNs are to be formatted?

If this fails, need to log a support case with HP as deeper troubleshooting is required.
Glenn Matthys
Frequent Advisor

Re: Cannot format RAW volumes connected over FC

Please reseat the FC card and check the cables. Make sure there is no dust where the cables connect and the fiber surface is clear. Try not to touch the fiber as you will leave prints on it otherwise. If it is dirty, clean it first, then insert the cables back into the FC card.
kris rombauts
Honored Contributor

Re: Cannot format RAW volumes connected over FC

Hi Neil,

make sure that there is no more then one path to the LUN or that you have installed your MPIO DSM for the MSA1500.

How many times do you see each LUN in the Windows disk manager , it should only be once after the multipath s/w is installed.

You run into this type of format failure if the above conditions are not met.


HTH

Kris