Clustered Data ONTAP 8.x
The inode count of a volume in Data ONTAP cannot be decreased.
- Each file takes up one inode and the default number of inodes allows 1 for every 32KB.
- Increasing the number of inodes might be required in specific scenarios. For more information, see the following articles:
- The maxfiles command can be used to increase the number of inodes that cannot be reversed in Data ONTAP versions prior to 8.0.
- In Data ONTAP 8.0, this number can be decreased to the number of files stored on the volume or greater.
- Certain file virtualization software/appliances might not work in the desired way, if the number of inodes in a volume is very large.
- If decreasing the number of inodes does not work, then the suggested workarounds are as below:
- Run the ndmpcopy command to copy the data to a secondary volume, which will reduce the number of inodes on the new volume.
- Use Qtree Snap Mirror.
- A complete backup and restore.