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CaViCcHi - Blog - What to do when you buy a larger hard disk? - Linux LVM
What to do when you buy a larger hard disk? - Linux LVM
By M. Bignotti, Posted Saturday, March 30 2019


make sure you update a new kernel, if you need to, and reboot BEFORE cloning the OLD disk into the NEW disk, or you might have a problem rebooting and using the last kernel installed.

Old disk still running: /dev/sda

New disk: /dev/sdd

Your LVM groups: unnamed

Your LVM volumes: root


Check the new disk with

smartctl -t long /dev/sdd

and wait ~4hrs and then check the results with

smartctl -a /dev/sdd


Copy the currently running disk over

dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdd bs=32K conv=noerror,{SOMETHING} status=progress


when done; 10 eons later; turn off and switch the disks. 


if the disk was bigger, resize the main partition, you can do this live since you're just gonna use disk that isn't used now.

sfdisk -d /dev/sda > /tmp/eldisko


Now edit the file and enter the new size in /dev/sda2 (where sda2 is your large partition), then reload the partition onto the disk, live, yes, live :)

sfdisk /dev/sda < /tmp/eldisko


everything ok? Failed?

lol I just wanted to scare you, you need to add --force to run this on the live disk


sfdisk --force /dev/sda  < /tmp/eldisko


Now check it's been resized

sfdisk -l /dev/sda


Inform the OS about what we changed.

partprobe /dev/sda



Now onto the Physical Volume, the large magic chest of drawers

Let's relist the volumes the volumes



and resize the volume

pvresize /dev/sda2


[TODO] add in premise variables

Then the Logical Volume, the drawers

lvresize /dev/unnamed/root -l +100%FREE


And now grow the xfs partition

xfs_growfs /


boom done

df -h

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