How to mount LVM partition on Ubuntu

Creating the main partition for ubuntu
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Mounting is an easy process to do, provided the filesystem type you are using is supported. What happen when you have an LVM formatted disk, and you need to mount it because the disk cannot be booted and a hell lot of valuable data kept inside?? Do not worry, because the solution is here…….

1. Get a live cd, for example, Ubuntu. For this article, I use Ubuntu 6.06 (I cannot find any latest version of ubuntu at my place)

2. Boot using the live cd. Search for these tools: lvm2. If the cd do not have it, install it.
# apt-get install lvm2

3. To make sure the harddisk is recognised, you can use fdisk
# fdisk -lu

4. Once installed, run pvscan to scan all disks for physical volume. this to make sure your LVM harddisk is detected by Ubuntu
# pvscan
PV /dev/sda2 VG VolGroup00 lvm2 [74.41 GB / 32.00 MB free]
Total: 1 [74.41 GB] / in use: 1 [74.41 GB] / in no VG: 0 [0 ]

5. After that run vgscan to scan disks for volume groups.
# vgscan
Reading all physical volumes. This may take a while…
Found volume group “VolGroup00” using metadata type lvm2

6. Activate all volume groups available.
# vgchange -a y
2 logical volume(s) in volume group “VolGroup00” now active

7. Run lvscan to scan all disks for logical volume. You can see partitions inside the hard disk now active.
# lvscan
ACTIVE ‘/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00’ [72.44 GB] inherit
ACTIVE ‘/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol01’ [1.94 GB] inherit

8. Mount the partition to any directory you want, usually to /mnt
# mount /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 /mnt

9. You can access the partition in the /mnt directory and can backup your data


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18 thoughts on “How to mount LVM partition on Ubuntu

  1. Hi,

    i get an error at the last step #8

    “mount /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 /mnt”
    “mount: you must specify the file system type”

    I get no error from step 1 to 7, but the last step don’t working.

    Can you help me please?

    thanks in advance.

  2. Thanks for the article mate! You allowed me to retrieve some data from a harddisk that i really needed. Cheers!

  3. experimenting on a new centos 6.5 install, and now centos will not boot from grub, it just has the flashing curser.
    Does anyone know how to return the LV state to the centos VG from a
    bootable CD which has lvm2 ?

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