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Linked Volume Specification Within a Graphical User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123716D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 84K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Didio, RJ: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

Disclosed is a program that provides a graphical user interface through which a user can select storage areas from a graphic representation of the logical model of a computer system and specify the parameters for a logical storage device through point and select methods. The general problem addressed is the optimization of storage capacity. This specific invention solves this problem by allowing non-contiguous storage areas to be logically combined into a single storage area. The invention solves the problem by making the creation of virtual storage devices simple and direct through a graphic and symbolic presentation.

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Linked Volume Specification Within a Graphical User Interface

      Disclosed is a program that provides a graphical user interface
through which a user can select storage areas from a graphic
representation of the logical model of a computer system and specify
the parameters for a logical storage device through point and select
methods.  The general problem addressed is the optimization of
storage capacity.  This specific invention solves this problem by
allowing non-contiguous storage areas to be logically combined into a
single storage area.  The invention solves the problem by making the
creation of virtual storage devices simple and direct through a
graphic and symbolic presentation.

      As an example,  a computer system includes two hard disk
storage devices, each with 50 MB of storage area free.  The user
requires a 100 MB area for installation of software that uses 75MB of
storage once installed.

      In the past the user would be unable to accomplish the goal of
installation easily.  Because none of the existing storage devices
contains 100 MB of free space, the user would be forced to plan and
conduct time consuming backup and reinstallation of existing data in
order to free a contiguous block of 100 MB.

      Using the current invention, the user simply identifies the
free spaces available on the existing devices and creates a new
volume linking two or more storage areas as one volume assigned one
drive letter, with at least 100 MB of storage area available.

      In a preferre...