5.4. Removing a Disk from a Logical Volume

These example procedures show how you can remove a disk from an existing logical volume, either to replace the disk or to use the disk as part of a different volume. In order to remove a disk, you must first move the extents on the LVM physical volume to a different disk or set of disks.

5.4.1. Moving Extents to Existing Physical Volumes

In this example, the logical volume is distributed across four physical volumes in the volume group myvg.
# pvs -o+pv_used
  PV         VG   Fmt  Attr PSize  PFree  Used
  /dev/sda1  myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G 12.15G  5.00G
  /dev/sdb1  myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G 12.15G  5.00G
  /dev/sdc1  myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G 12.15G  5.00G
  /dev/sdd1  myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G  2.15G 15.00G
This examples moves the extents off of /dev/sdb1 so that it can be removed from the volume group.
  1. If there are enough free extents on the other physical volumes in the volume group, you can execute the pvmove command on the device you want to remove with no other options and the extents will be distributed to the other devices.
    # pvmove /dev/sdb1
      /dev/sdb1: Moved: 2.0%
     ...
      /dev/sdb1: Moved: 79.2%
     ...
      /dev/sdb1: Moved: 100.0%
    
    After the pvmove command has finished executing, the distribution of extents is as follows:
    # pvs -o+pv_used
      PV         VG   Fmt  Attr PSize  PFree  Used
      /dev/sda1  myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G  7.15G 10.00G
      /dev/sdb1  myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G 17.15G     0
      /dev/sdc1  myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G 12.15G  5.00G
      /dev/sdd1  myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G  2.15G 15.00G
    
  2. Use the vgreduce command to remove the physical volume /dev/sdb1 from the volume group.
    # vgreduce myvg /dev/sdb1
      Removed "/dev/sdb1" from volume group "myvg"
    # pvs
      PV         VG   Fmt  Attr PSize  PFree
      /dev/sda1  myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G  7.15G
      /dev/sdb1       lvm2 --   17.15G 17.15G
      /dev/sdc1  myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G 12.15G
      /dev/sdd1  myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G  2.15G
    
The disk can now be physically removed or allocated to other users.

5.4.2. Moving Extents to a New Disk

In this example, the logical volume is distributed across three physical volumes in the volume group myvg as follows:
# pvs -o+pv_used
  PV         VG   Fmt  Attr PSize  PFree  Used
  /dev/sda1  myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G  7.15G 10.00G
  /dev/sdb1  myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G 15.15G  2.00G
  /dev/sdc1  myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G 15.15G  2.00G
This example procedure moves the extents of /dev/sdb1 to a new device, /dev/sdd1.
  1. Create a new physical volume from /dev/sdd1.
    # pvcreate /dev/sdd1
      Physical volume "/dev/sdd1" successfully created
    
  2. Add the new physical volume /dev/sdd1 to the existing volume group myvg.
    # vgextend myvg /dev/sdd1
      Volume group "myvg" successfully extended
    # pvs -o+pv_used
      PV         VG   Fmt  Attr PSize  PFree  Used
      /dev/sda1   myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G  7.15G 10.00G
      /dev/sdb1   myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G 15.15G  2.00G
      /dev/sdc1   myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G 15.15G  2.00G
      /dev/sdd1   myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G 17.15G     0
    
  3. Use the pvmove command to move the data from /dev/sdb1 to /dev/sdd1.
    # pvmove /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdd1
      /dev/sdb1: Moved: 10.0%
    ...
      /dev/sdb1: Moved: 79.7%
    ...
      /dev/sdb1: Moved: 100.0%
    
    # pvs -o+pv_used
      PV          VG   Fmt  Attr PSize  PFree  Used
      /dev/sda1   myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G  7.15G 10.00G
      /dev/sdb1   myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G 17.15G     0
      /dev/sdc1   myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G 15.15G  2.00G
      /dev/sdd1   myvg lvm2 a-   17.15G 15.15G  2.00G
    
  4. After you have moved the data off /dev/sdb1, you can remove it from the volume group.
    # vgreduce myvg /dev/sdb1
      Removed "/dev/sdb1" from volume group "myvg"
    
You can now reallocate the disk to another volume group or remove the disk from the system.