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Re: [linux-lvm] recovering data from inside a partitioned lv

The loop device solution worked!

thank you Christian!
Anthony Clark - anthony merit edu
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On Jun 22, 2009, at 1:32 PM, Christian Völker wrote:


Server has been rebooted, and now only /dev/vg1/lv1 is shown.  parted
can open the lv and shows 1 partition inside, but doesn't understand
ext3 volumes, so can't copy the partition to another disk.  tune2fs
can't see /dev/vg1/lv1p1, or I'd use that to change the fs type to ext2.
I think the partition entry under /dev is missing. After the initial
fdisk it was created.
So two ways to recover:
-Open fdisk on the lv. Do not do any changes, but leave and (w)rite. I'd
say the entries lv1p1 will be re-created then. Mount it, copy the data
and get rid of partition.
-Use loop device. This is much more complicated but will work, though:
losetup -o$[512*63] /dev/loop1 /dev/vg1/lv1
So it will create a loop device /dev/loop1 from lv1 with an offset of
512*63 (default blocksize and partitioning schema, may vary thought) .
And then simply mount the loop device with the "-o loop" option for
mount. Copy and get rid of partition.

Hope this helps, let us know if it does.


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