[linux-lvm] LVM volume (multi-disk) recovery delima

Tommy Butler tommy at atrixnet.com
Mon Oct 11 23:12:31 UTC 2004

OOOPS!  That's what I said the other day when I realized what I had just 
done.  I was getting ready to install Linux on a hard drive that had 
previously been used as one disk in a two disk logical volume on a 
Fedora core 2 server.

I logged in and deleted everything from the file system on the volume 
(ext3) that I didn't need to save.  There was a lot of data that DID 
need to be kept however.  I started at / and started deleting away.  rm 
-rf /bin /etc /var /home ........etc

What I didn't realize was that LVM obviously makes use of some important 
files on it's resident file system in order to keep track of itself.  In 
all my deleting I must have deleted these files, because now I can't get 
any kind of rescue disk or partitioning software like partition magic to 
find the volume again.

How can I get that precious data back?  How can I mount that volume?

Tommy Butler

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