[linux-lvm] Please help me recover my LVM configuration

Ray Van Dolson rvandolson at esri.com
Sat Jul 30 18:15:48 UTC 2011

On Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 08:30:25PM -0700, David Ziring wrote:
> Hi all,
> I’m hoping I can get some help recovering my data.  A week or so back I
> accidentally overwrote the partition table on one of the two drives containing
> my data.  I luckily didn’t touch the partition itself, so I believe all the
> data is still there, but in rebuilding the partition table I (think I) nuked
> the uuid of the drive.  Now I’m not sure how to progress. 
> Please help this relative neophyte – there is a lot of nostalgia sitting on
> those drives.  Tell me what information you need and I will get it.
> DZ

Was the lost partition also the one housing /etc/lvm?  If not, you can
get the UUID that way....

If it was, fortunately LVM keeps metadata information about itself.
You should able to dump it via:

     dd if=/dev/sda2 bs=512 count=255 skip=1 of=/tmp/sda2.txt

Where /dev/sda2 is your LVM partition.

You can then examine the output file with "strings" and pull out the
UUID information or even completely recreate your configuration files.

What I have done in the past is to just examine this information and
then use dmsetup to create a temporary device, mount it and copy out
the information from /etc/lvm.

Then it's the standard vgcfgrestore dance...

Dumped some instructions from a work wiki here that may be of help
(sorry it's PDF):



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