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[linux-lvm] Converting LVM back to Ext2?



Hello all.

I've got a 200GB HD partitioned automatically during Fedora Core 4 setup. That is the disk carries 2 partitions where the first one (/dev/sda1) is ext3 mounted as /boot and the second one (/dev/sda2) is an LVM. 

That is all clear and fancy but the problem is I'm faced with the fact I need to migrate the HD to Ext2 FS, so I could convert it to FAT32 later, so I could access it from a copy of the Windows OS I happen to boot recently to do some work. The LVM on /dev/sda2 is full of data I need to save and the problem is I don't have a spare HD to temporarily copy all those 200GB to. 

If I had a spare HD I would eventually mount it, make a new Ext2 partition on it and then copy all the data from the LogicalVolume to the new partition. Then I would fire up fdisk and kill the LVM, thus freeing the space on the drive. Then, moving the data back to the first HD would be a snap. But without a spare disk I face a real challenge.

My initial idea was to reduce the FS inside the LogicalVolume (it has ~40GB free of space) and then reduce the size of the LogicalVolume and then reduce the PhysicalVolume /dev/sda2 by the freed number of cylinders. Then, I would create an ext2 partition over the freed cylinders and move some files from the LogicalVolume onto it. Then I thought I would repeat the process several times effectively migrating my data from the ever-shrinking LVM to the ever-growing plain Ext2 FS. 

The problem is I have little idea how I can shrink an LVM partition on /dev/sda2. And there seem to be very little information on this on the net.

So far, I have lvreduce'd the FS inside the LogicalVolume and the LogicalVolume itselft to 35700000 4k blocks. Now, how do I redeuce the number of cyllinders occupied by the LVM on /dev/sda?

I would really apreciate any help or ideas. 
Thanks a lot in advance.

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