[linux-lvm] RE: First corrupt partician tables, then lvm control data lost
Erik Ch. Ohrnberger
Erik at server.echohome.org
Tue Jul 6 09:15:47 UTC 2004
Additionally, pvscan reports the following:
pvscan -- reading all physical volumes (this may take a while...)
pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/hdg1" is associated to unknown VG "u00_vg" (run
pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/hdh1" is associated to unknown VG "u00_vg" (run
pvscan -- inactive PV "/dev/hde1" is associated to unknown VG "u00_vg" (run
pvscan -- total: 3 [204.96 GB] / in use: 3 [204.96 GB] / in no VG: 0 
What must I do to re-associate the pv into the vg?
From: Erik Ch. Ohrnberger [mailto:Erik at EchoHome.org] On Behalf Of
lvm at echohome.org
Sent: Monday, July 05, 2004 8:56 PM
To: 'linux-lvm at redhat.com'
Subject: First corrupt partician tables, then lvm control data lost
Well, I've slowly been coming to grips with recovering with what to me is a
pretty serious hard disk calamity.
I rebooted my Linux system, as it was up and running for 48 days or so, and
it just seemed to be time to do it. When the system came back up, many of
the hard disk partician tables were lost, and it wouldn't boot.
After much research on the Internet, I found that a partician table could be
re-written and all the data in the file system maintained. I also found a
tool, TestDisk at http://www.cgsecurity.org by Christophe GRENIER
<grenier at cgsecurity.org>, which seemed to do a good job of sniffing out
partician tables from the remaining file system data. Well, it did OK on
the system disk, found the first FAT partician and the ext3 partician for
the root of the system. In fact, after it wrote out the partician table, I
could mount the root file system without any sort of fsck required. Very
Of the LVM hard disks, which is why I'm sending this email to the mailing
list, 3 out of 4 partician tables were identified and recovered (/dev/hde1,
/dev/hdf1, /dev/hdg1). For Lvm, I always used a single primary partician,
non-bootable, which uses the entire space on the hard disk. So recovering
this partician table should be no problem, right? I used fdisk and
re-created the partician table.
OK, so I've not re-written the grub boot-loader on the system disk, but I
did boot off of a rescue CD and performed a chroot to where the root file
system was mounted, so I have a chrooted environment, and I can run access
the binaries and file from the old system hard disk. I check to make sure
that the lvm module was loaded using lsmod, and it was so, now I figured I'd
see how far I could get to recover the 130 GB of data that was on the LVM
First things first, I tried vgscan, and got the following results:
vgscan -- reading all physical volumes (this may take a while...)
vgscan -- ERROR "vg_read_with_pv_and_lv(): current PV" can't get data of
volume group "u00_vg" from physical volume(s)
vgscan -- "/etc/lvmtab" and "/etc/lvmtab.d" successfully created
vgscan -- WARNING: This program does not do a VGDA backup of your volume
So, I'm at a loss here. What is the next step in the recovery? How can I
get my vg and lv groups back?
Thanks in advance for the help.
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