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Old 01-05-2011, 11:45 PM   #1
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LVM Partition

Dear all,

I'm still new with LVM and linux partition, so please bear with me.
I had a legacy machine with partition as shown in this image.

What I need is just resize /home to 35GB and add 12GB to /var.

My question is:
  1. Is it save for me to change partition just using that "edit" button and filling larger size -- for I still have 17GB free? A friend told that I need to move last partition first, and the next one (and so on) till the partition that I want to move. Really not sure about this. Or should I use another partition tool such as gparted (as mentioned in other thread)? I can't afford any data loss.
  2. When the time come, I want to add another storage to this machine. Is it possible to combine that storage to add more space to my current home and var? And if it is, how can I do it?

Can anyone please give me an explanation?

any help appreciated.


Old 01-05-2011, 11:57 PM   #2
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1 . yes , you need to have the free space aftee the partition you want to grow . say , move the partitions as wanted until the free space comes after your desired partition .
example : /dev/sda3 is you desired partition ... and after dev/sda3 you need to have unallocated space.

2 . i am also new to this whole lvm thing . i am searching on it .
ok.found that . i'm citing from here(which also has lots of other useful infos ) .

Before we can extend an existing volume group we need to create a physical volume:

# pvcreate /dev/sda1 (modify with YOUR partition )
Physical volume "/dev/sda1" successfully created

And now we extend the VG:

# vgextend maingroup /dev/sda1 (again , modify with YOUR paritition)
Volume group "maingroup" successfully extended
edit :
excuse me , but now that i see what you have , you can grow it easily , you do not haave to move partitions around

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Old 01-06-2011, 12:02 AM   #3
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ALWAYS make backups before changing partitions. If you can't afford data loss, don't touch it. Having said that, your hard drive could crash at any time, so you should have a backup, anyway, if your data is important to you.

Logical volumes can be resized, but you must also resize the filesystem contained in the LV. If you do not, you'll have trouble.

This tutorial might be useful for you:
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:44 AM   #4
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Ok guys.

Thanks for the helps.
I'll do backup as djtoltz said, and will run resize as silvyus_06 told.

thanks for both of you


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