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Old 03-03-2008, 04:11 PM   #1
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Copy Contents of LVM Partition to Another Partition With a Different File System

I have two partitions on my hard drive and one of them is LVM format. There is also a lot of unallocated space on the hdd. I thought I could use gparted to manipulate the partitions but it cannot regognize the LVM partition.

I'd like to create a new partition using NTSF of FAT32 and copy the contents of the LMV partition to it and then get rid of the LMV partition and then expand the new partition to use all the space available.

Is there a way to do this?

Old 03-03-2008, 04:38 PM   #2
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Miss understood question. Why not create a temporay partition ext2 and then mount the LVM and the new temp ext2 and copy the contents from one to the other. Then delete the LVM once you know you all the data correctly and then create new ext partition and move data to it or addtional ones. The only thing with moving to ntfs or vfat is lost of permissions of the files themselves. This is why you should stay as a linux type like ext3. Or you can reformat a USB drive to ext3 and copy that way. one thing I am not sure is if gparted can expand an NTFS partition to the left or the beginning. There are limits as to what gparted can do per filesystem of modification.


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There is, but it'd be easier/safer to just create a new partition, and add that to LVM. Then just expand your current logical volume.
See the doco at
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Gparted can't manipulate LVM partitions. It *can* expand or shrink ntfs to any direction (using ntfstools, of course). But, as stated already, you loose permissions.
An external drive is always useful!


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