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I'm attempting to remove an old 300GB drive from my volume group and replace it with a shiny, new 1TB drive.

The pvmove operation ran until 99.9% and then aborted. I believe this is because I ran pvcreate on /dev/sdf directly instead of creating a partition. My problem is, it moved the physical extents to /dev/sdf but the original drive, /dev/sdc1 is still in the volume group, and they both have identical extent counts. It seems that my vg has a duplicate set of extents.

Every guide for removing a disk from a vg involves a pvmove and a vgreduce. Since the extents are duplicate, I don't want to move them; I need to remove them from the vg entirely. How should I do this without damaging the integrity of the existing volume group?

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pvmove /dev/mydev

will try to migrate all extents away from /dev/mydev, but will only be able to do so if there is enough space on the other physical volumes to fit those extents

vgreduce volgroup /dev/mydev

will then remove /dev/mydev from volgroup, but only if it holds no more extents in volgroup

Did you get an error when pvmove aborted at 99.9%?

edit: ok, your error sounds like you have a mirrored logical volume. you can convert it to non-mirrored by

lvconvert -m0 volgroup/logvol

after which you should be able to

pvmove /dev/mydev
vgreduce volgroup /dev/mydev
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It was lvm ABORTING: Can't find mirror LV... – Adam Lassek Oct 26 '09 at 8:41
it sounds like you somehow ended up with a mirrored lvm – James Cassell Oct 27 '09 at 2:11

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