SAVF Max Size

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What is maximum size of a SAVF?

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For V5R4 it’s 1TB according to IBM’s site.

For V6R1 and V7R1 it’s 2TB according to IBM’s site.

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  • ToddN2000
    What OS version are you running? You could check IBM's site for Save ans restore limits.
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  • pdraebel
    Here are IBM i V7R1 size limits:
    http://www-01.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/ssw_ibm_i_71/rzamp/rzampoverview.htm
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  • philpl1jb
    And, of course, the Save file cannot exceed unused disk space.
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  • GaryRPatterson
    Save files are great.  Virtual tape is better.  Virtual tape provides the convenience of disk-to-disk backup while eliminating some of the limitations of save files.  Virtual tape allows backup sets that are limited only by the amount of available disk space, and the ability to back up multiple libraries in a single backup command.

    If you're running into SAVF limitations, take a look at virtual tape:

    https://www-304.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=nas8N1019030
    http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/pdfs/sg247164.pdf

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  • pdraebel
    Save files allow compression of data (ZIPPING) whereas Virtual Tape does not.
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  • NeilD
    According to IBM a savf is limited to 1TB.
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  • ToddN2000
    According to this link for V5R4 it is 1 TB. 
    For rel V6R1 it's 2TB  LINK
    For rel V7R1 it's 2 TB as well LINK
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  • pdraebel
    Those limits are for SAVE FILES. Depending what you want to do with the Save File other restrictions may play along. FTP and SNDNETF restrictions come into mind.
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  • ToddN2000
    Depending on your release, you just need to make sure your storage media, (tape, disk, optical ) can hold the 1 or 2 TB max.
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  • Splat
    GaryRPatterson, while virtual tape has advantages it's the 'available disk space' that can be a problem.  Virtual tape doesn't allow data compression so the resulting object can be rather large.
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