Unless I miss my guess 1956 is the F/C for a small form factor 283GB 10K RPM SAS disk in the 'extended' tray for use in FC #5877 drawers with the IBM i operating system. If you 'convert' it for use with AIX/Linux(including VIOS) it effectively becomes a FC #1925 300GB disk unit.

This conversion is accomplished by reformatting it in VIOS. Thing is what you're going to do with it matters. If you're going to have just two and mirror them then it gets formatted one way and if it's going to participate in a RAID set then it gets formatted another way.

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis


On 4/7/2014 6:44 PM, Jack Kingsley wrote:

Rob, what is a1956 drive?? Are you referring to creating a VIO partition
to basically use that drive to host VIO server.

On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 5:35 PM, <rob@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

How do I reformat IBM 1956 drives, originally formatted for IBM i to be
used by VIOS?

Rob Berendt
IBM Certified System Administrator - IBM i 6.1
Group Dekko
Dept 1600
Mail to: 2505 Dekko Drive
Garrett, IN 46738
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