View Full Version : how to migrate from plain ext3 to lvm?

20th July 2006, 09:34 PM
Hi there,

I updated redhat/fedora the path from RH9 up to current FC5 but the inital version of redhat linux didn't have lvm enabled. I wonder if there is an easy and especially save way ;) to update the current installation to use logical volumes.

The current layout is:

/dev/hda2 on / type ext3 (rw)
/dev/hda1 on /boot type ext3 (rw)

Any hint is highly appreciated.


21st July 2006, 02:13 AM
I'm in the same situation myself, and it looks like you can convert any free partitions to LVM, move data from another partiton to it, then add that old partition to you LVM group, and repeat. It also looks like the graphical LVM tool that comes with FC5 is pretty straightforward.

But I haven't tried it myself yet, so I'm interested in hearing comments from more experienced users on this.

10th September 2006, 12:24 AM
I want to go in the OTHER direction...

My FC5 automatically setup an LVM system, and I want to convert.nigrate it all back to a basic ext3. I've spent the last 4 weeks spending countless hours debugging, configuring, porting, etc. and haven't done a damned backup yet.

Thanks very much, Carl Turney, Melbourne, Australia