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I'm looking into convert a single server/comp into the start of a glusterfs distributed system. I already have a directory mounted on this server of 24TB RAID. I want to use this initial computer to setup glusterfs with this volume/directory and then add additional bricks/computers soon after. I am unsure if I can use a volume/directory with files in it already.

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Couldn't you test this in a few minutes with a mkdir and a few touches? –  ceejayoz Mar 4 '12 at 21:30

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Yes you could. I just tested with couple of test bricks with data already in it and it worked for me. I am using gluster 3.3 on Centos 6.3

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