Originally Posted by jalmod
<snip>Does this mean that there is no way to recover the data.
Yes, almost certainly. You could try foremost
but, when I did that (ran fsck
on it) to one of my VGs, it was less work to just recreate the VG than it would have been to try to piece together blocks from random files. (Of course I had no valuable data in the VG that was not backed up on other media or systems -- or both for really valuable data.)
The fundamental problem is that a VG is its own partition type, and contains data that can be formatted, inside the VG partition, by different partition conventions. For example, the standard Fedora VG contains both an ext3
"partition" and a swap
"partition." This ability to support pseudo partitions in the same physical partition is, of course, quite powerful. Unfortunately, if also powerfully confuses data recovery tools.
For future reference, you should read about the tools in the LVM package for backup, restore and RAID support.