Physical Disk Format
The format disk dialog does a quick format of the specified disk. It also clears all encryption settings and partitions from the specified device. Optionally one can scrub the specified device using a DoD or other multi-pass secure format process.
When a device is I/O fenced, a certain server/host has reserved it for write access. Consequently the server/host which has reserved the device can write to it, everyone else only has read access. When releasing the I/O fencing, all reservations on the device are released and the format can be done.
Note: Choosing the Shred Data option can significantly impact time requirements.
Navigation: Storage Management --> Physical Disks --> Physical Disk --> Format (toolbar)