[linux-lvm] LVM. Do i loose everything?

Shawn sgrover at open2space.com
Fri Apr 21 23:12:42 UTC 2006

On Sunday 16 April 2006 16:40, kyr wrote:
> Hello,
>      I wound be thankful if you can answer one simple question that I
> haven't found the answer in all the LVM manuals, FAQ, howtos.
> I have a continuous (not stiped) VG consisting of 3 PV (Hard Disks) with
> one LV on EXT3.
> If one hard disk fails (hardware) will i loose everything on all disks?

I'm far from an expert with LVM, but I think the answer is a safe No.  And 
even further, you could possibly recover the data on the damaged drive (see 

The data stored on that particular drive might become in accessible (without 
any recovery efforts), but the data sitting on the other drives should still 
be there.  

I'm taking a guess based on what I saw during a data recovery process, but...  
It looks like the drive/partition is tagged as being part of a volume, and 
then the appropriate file system is applied.  If this is the case, then 
loosing a drive should not corrupt your filesystem on the remaining drives.  

I am not comfortable enough with my knowledge to say this is anywhere near 
authoritative.  But I do hope I helped...


More information about the linux-lvm mailing list