You can remove partition information from a device so vSAN can claim the device for use.

If you have added a device that contains residual data or partition information, you must remove all preexisting partition information from the device before you can claim it for vSAN use. VMware recommends adding clean devices to disk groups.

When you remove partition information from a device, vSAN deletes the primary partition that includes disk format information and logical partitions from the device.


Verify that the device is not in use by ESXi as boot disk, VMFS datastore, or vSAN.


  1. Navigate to the vSAN cluster.
  2. Click the Configure tab.
  3. Under vSAN, click Disk Management.
  4. Select a host to view the list of available devices.
  5. From the Show drop-down menu, select Ineligible.
  6. Select a device from the list.
    Option Description
    vSphere Client

    Click Erase partitions.

    vSphere Web Client

    Click the Erase partitions icon ().

  7. Click OK to confirm.
    The device is clean and does not include any partition information.