Initializing Database Devices

A database device stores the objects that make up databases.

The term device does not necessarily refer to a distinct physical device: it can refer to any piece of a disk (such as a disk partition) or a file in the file system that is used to store databases and their objects.

Each database device or file must be prepared and made known to SAP ASE before it can be used for database storage. This process is called initialization.

After a database device has been initialized, it can be: