[linux-lvm] LVM question on move and resize

Dieter Stüken stueken at conterra.de
Thu Jul 13 08:35:28 UTC 2006

John Koshi wrote:
> Hello,
> I have the following setup:
> HP dv1000 laptop with an 80G hard disk laid out as follows:
> 1)70Gb NTFS, WinXP primary
> 2)100Mb ext3 primary Fedora 4 /boot
> 3)10Gb Extd primary, containing logical(8E) LVM Fedora 4 root
> Since the Linux root is getting full, I want to expand it,
> by reducing the NTFS partition, and moving all the Linux
> partitions down, and then expand the LVM root outwards.
> With Partition Magic 8.0, I can resize the NTFS disk, and
> move the ext3 boot partition (after removing it's features
> resize_inode, dir_index, and ext_attr using e2fsprogs),
> and resize the Extended partition to the left as needed.
> The problem now is how to move and expand the LVM root as
> mentioned above. Partition Magic and Qtparted can't do it.
> Is it possible to do this? If so, what are the steps?

can you send us a "fdisk -l" of your partition layout?

Why moving your LVM?

After you shrunk the leading partitions, you should get a gap
below your LVM partition. Can you fit a new partition into this gap?
There after you format this new partition as an additional PV
using "pvcreate" and extend your VG using vgextend.

Now your VG extends over both partitions, and you may use the new
space to extend any LV within your VG. LVM does not care about
how the available disk spaces (its PVs) is organized nor has it
to be contiguous. It may even spread over several disks.

This is the reason why LVM is much more flexible than DOS partitions
and Partition Magic will ever be.


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