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I've got 3 1TB drives which I've set up to use LVM. Here's the output of pvdisplay:

  --- Physical volume ---
  PV Name               /dev/sda1
  VG Name               vgpool
  PV Size               931.51 GiB / not usable 728.00 KiB
  Allocatable           yes (but full)
  PE Size               4.00 MiB
  Total PE              238467
  Free PE               0
  Allocated PE          238467
  PV UUID               22ZgJ3-ep7X-flT6-KD1u-fWr1-Q8u9-2V28Ad

  --- Physical volume ---
  PV Name               /dev/sdc1
  VG Name               vgpool
  PV Size               931.51 GiB / not usable 728.00 KiB
  Allocatable           yes (but full)
  PE Size               4.00 MiB
  Total PE              238467
  Free PE               0
  Allocated PE          238467
  PV UUID               3b7vE1-gXPo-Moxm-5F46-vOPb-UpyF-mjo7ad

  --- Physical volume ---
  PV Name               /dev/sdb1
  VG Name               vgpool
  PV Size               931.51 GiB / not usable 728.00 KiB
  Allocatable           yes 
  PE Size               4.00 MiB
  Total PE              238467
  Free PE               774
  Allocated PE          237693
  PV UUID               dFWNtb-WbyA-HSVz-urls-G0Y9-x2W0-jwsoTq

Everything looks good right? Now, I run sudo fdisk -l:

Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/sda doesn't contain a valid partition table

Disk /dev/sdb: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
81 heads, 63 sectors/track, 382818 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x2e962a62

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1            2048  1953525167   976761560   8e  Linux LVM

Disk /dev/sdc: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
81 heads, 63 sectors/track, 382818 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xe95df8a7

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdc1            2048  1953525167   976761560   8e  Linux LVM

Disk /dev/mapper/vgpool-lvstuff: 2997.4 GB, 2997362884608 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 364408 cylinders, total 5854224384 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/mapper/vgpool-lvstuff doesn't contain a valid partition table

My concern is that fdisk says sda doesn't have a valid partition despite me formatting each drive correctly as LVM (8e). This is my first time playing with LVM so did I do something wrong?


lshal:

  block.device = '/dev/sda'  (string)
  block.is_volume = false  (bool)
  block.major = 8  (0x8)  (int)
  block.minor = 0  (0x0)  (int)
  block.storage_device = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/storage_serial_WDC_WD10EARS_00Y5B1_WD_WCAV5C337141'  (string)
  info.capabilities = {'storage', 'block'} (string list)
  info.category = 'storage'  (string)
  info.parent = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_8086_3b22_scsi_host_scsi_device_lun0'  (string)
  info.product = 'WDC WD10EARS-00Y'  (string)
  info.udi = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/storage_serial_WDC_WD10EARS_00Y5B1_WD_WCAV5C337141'  (string)
  info.vendor = 'ATA'  (string)
  linux.hotplug_type = 3  (0x3)  (int)
  linux.sysfs_path = '/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1f.2/host0/target0:0:0/0:0:0:0/block/sda'  (string)
  storage.automount_enabled_hint = true  (bool)
  storage.bus = 'pci'  (string)
  storage.drive_type = 'disk'  (string)
  storage.firmware_version = '80.00A08'  (string)
  storage.hotpluggable = false  (bool)
  storage.lun = 0  (0x0)  (int)
  storage.media_check_enabled = false  (bool)
  storage.model = 'WDC WD10EARS-00Y'  (string)
  storage.no_partitions_hint = false  (bool)
  storage.originating_device = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/computer'  (string)
  storage.removable = false  (bool)
  storage.removable.media_available = true  (bool)
  storage.removable.media_size = 1000204886016  (0xe8e0db6000)  (uint64)
  storage.requires_eject = false  (bool)
  storage.serial = 'WDC_WD10EARS-00Y5B1_WD-WCAV5C337141'  (string)
  storage.size = 1000204886016  (0xe8e0db6000)  (uint64)
  storage.vendor = 'ATA'  (string)
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Have you rebooted or ran partprobe since you formatted /dev/sda? –  jordanm Jan 13 '13 at 18:44
    
@jordanm, no I haven't. But I haven't done it for the other ones either. It's the inconsistency between the drives which is bugging me. –  MaxMackie Jan 13 '13 at 18:45
    
you should check what disklabel you are using. If it is the DOS one, then fdisk is the right tool, otherwise, let's say you created a solaris disklabel, or an amiga, or whatever, then fdisk might not be right tool, even if the kerne use it without problems. Check what dmesg say about your disk when it found it. Or you may check it with lshal and verify the storage.partitioning_scheme –  eppesuig Jan 13 '13 at 18:49
    
@eppesuig, I've added the output of lshal for sda but don't see storage.partitioning.scheme. Should I be looking somewhere else? –  MaxMackie Jan 13 '13 at 19:03
    
@MaxMackie do you have the storage.partition_scheme on sdb and sdc? –  eppesuig Jan 14 '13 at 7:28

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It looks like the partition table on /dev/sda was destroyed. You didn't mention what you did to destroy it, so it's hard to say exactly how you would reconstruct it.

  • You can attempt to use fdisk to recreate the sda1 partition.

    On the assumption that the disk partitions of the three disks were identical, you can recreate the sda1 partition with fdisk /dev/sda1 and the same parameters as on the other two drives. If correct, this should make the volume visible again. (You may need to reboot afterward.)

  • If that fails, you can attempt to use TestDisk to recreate the sda1 partition.

    This will scan the drive and attempt to locate metadata which indicates what was on the disk and where, but it may give false positives. You're kind of on your own here.

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I basically just used fdisk to make the partition. sudo fdisk /dev/sda, n p 1 t 8e w. Then I added it as a physical volume etc. So are you saying I can remake the partition with fdisk without losing the data? Or is the data pretty much lost at this point? –  MaxMackie Jan 16 '13 at 2:32
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As long as the newly created partition matches identically to the other two, then it should come out fine. Unlike DOS fdisk, Linux fdisk doesn't erase anything within the partition. –  Michael Hampton Jan 16 '13 at 2:39
    
When you say matched, you mean just being made the same way. Like the way I mentioned above? I'll give this a try -- thank you very much. –  MaxMackie Jan 16 '13 at 2:43
    
You see how the parameters are the same for /dev/sdb1 and /dev/sdc1? The same. –  Michael Hampton Jan 16 '13 at 2:45
    
Awesome! It worked! I always thought creating/recreating partitions with fdisk erased the entire disk. Thanks again. –  MaxMackie Jan 16 '13 at 2:50

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