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logicsound
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EASY QUESTION!! Drives not showing as option in datastore Format to VMFS? How ? Help a Newbie!!

I know this is a very easy question and I should be able to google it but I am not getting what I need!!  It might be one of those questions that is so easy that everyone just knows it!! 

I have a new ESXI 5.5 install and my harddrives are not an option in the datastore ( I know the hardrives are good because I had an option to install ESXi on them),   Pretty sure I need to format them to vmfs in CLI but I have never used CLI and never had to do this before so a little nervous.. 

If someone could tell me what I need to do exactly that would be great.   I just want my 1tb drives to be available as an option in datastore.

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a_p_
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Do I understand you correctly? The drives do not show up ion the "Add Storage ..." wizard (Configuration -> Storage)? If so, do they show up in the "Storage Adapters" section?

André

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logicsound
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I'm sorry I explained it a little wrong,  I stepped away for 2 days and now just got back to it so I forgot about the error. 

The drives do show up in the wizard but when I  pick them I got this error in the wizard "create datastore parameter incorrect vm.host.diskpartitioninfo.spec"   Crazy thing now is that I just tried again and it worked,  Nothing changed....    Should I be worried ?

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a_p_
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>>> Should I be worried ?

No, be happy. Smiley Wink

Not sure what caused this, but it's usually caused by an exiting partition table on the disks you want to use/format as a datastore. So if this worked now, the old data has been overwritten and you shouldn't have any issues with the new datastore.

André

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logicsound
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create thanks!!    looks like I have to delete it though because I only picked 1mb block size and it is limiting me to 256gb on my VM.     Hopefully it works again!!

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a_p_
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With VMFS5 there's a 1MB unified block size for files (virtual disks) with up to 62TB.

André

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