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FSA Vault Partitions increasing size close to 2TB maximum

Created: 02 Jul 2012 • Updated: 02 Apr 2013 | 2 comments
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I am having problems with extracting files from old archives becuase the archives increase in size when I extract the files. I presume this is becuase the data will be in CAB files and pulling it back expands the CAB file using more space,

I already have one vault store partition that is sitting on 1.9TB and I need to extract more files.

I am in the awkward position of needing to move all the users files from one server to another server.

I cannot use the -m or -pm features of FSAUtility as the users in their wisdom have moved archived file placeholders from their original directory to a new directory and FSAUtility cannot find them in the archive.

So my only choice is to unarchive each users folders to the new server fsautility -t . As stated above this is causing closed partitions to increase in size. I close each parition with what I though was sufficient free disk to cope with normal changes in the partition but did not count on having to move this amount of files.

I am re-running the Collections routine on the partitions at the moment in the hope that it will decrease the size so that I can continue extracting and moving users.

Does anyone know if I create a mount point in the partition folder to get more space so I can continue to extract files using FSAUtility and not have EVA shut down becuase of lack of free space.

Or am I missing something elsewhere


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John Chisari's picture

Mount point are not going to help you here, as you won't be able to change the directory path of files inside a partition.

Collections is only going to delete *.ARCH* files which have not been accessed in the last 24 hours, so it may not reduce enough for you.  You can try just deleting all the *.ARCH* files manually, see how much that gets you back.

Any chance you can create a GPT disk in Windows larger than 2TB and then move the partition to it with this technote -

ronw's picture

Thanks I sort of suspected that. I will have to come up with alternative.