Can't initialize physical volume "/dev/sda3" of volume group "stark" without -ff

I created physical volume with pvcreate followed by vgcreate and lvcreate successfully. Later on, I deleted in reverse order lvdelete, vgdelete, pvdelete.Now I got this error when I would like to create pvcreate after making new partition.

I appreciate if you could let me know how to fix this error?

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I had a similar issue. In my case the old VG was still present.

See if old volume group is preset with vgdisplay.

Remove group with vgremove -f <vg_name>


If you are absolutely sure the PV isn't being used then just go ahead and do what it tells you

pvcreate -ff /dev/sd...

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