When a new disk is added to a system, the disk usually contains no data and has not been partitioned. If this is the case, the disk shows up in EVMS as a compatibility volume because EVMS cannot tell if the disk is being used as a volume. To add a segment manager to the disk so that it can be subdivided into smaller disk segment objects, tell EVMS that the disk is not a compatibility volume by deleting the volume information.
If the new disk was moved from another system, chances are good that the disk already contains metadata. If the disk does contain metadata, the disk shows up in EVMS with storage objects that were produced from the existing metadata. Deleting these objects will allow you to add a different segment manager to the disk, and you lose any old data.