Use the following initialization method to avoid use of the
/LIMIT qualifier or, for OpenVMS I64, to prevent creation of the
NOTE: When you initialize your target
disk using the following method, you must use the PRESERVE option
during the installation of OpenVMS on the disk. If you use the
INITIALIZE option, the disk is reinitialized using the defaults.
After booting the
operating system media, and before installing the operating system,
select option 8 (“Execute DCL commands and procedures”) on
the main menu.
Initialize the intended target
disk with the following command:
target-disk is the device
for the target disk (such as DKA100:).
target-label is the label
for the target disk (you can change the label later).
If you specified ODS-5 and you want support for hard links,
include the /VOLUME_CHARACTERISTICS=HARDLINKS qualifier with the
If you are using this method of initialization to prevent
creation of a diagnostic partition, and you do not intend to mount
the disk on an OpenVMS system prior to version 7.2, include the
/LIMIT qualifier with the INITIALIZE command. If you do not use
the /LIMIT qualifier, your new system disk might be initialized
with a relatively large minimum allocation size. This can cause
small files to use more space than necessary.
Exit DCL (log
off), and then select option 1 (“Upgrade, install or reconfigure
OpenVMS”) on the main menu.
When you are asked whether to
initialize or preserve the target disk, choose PRESERVE (the default).