I am running arch on a Chromebook, so I am lacking on storage. I got a external drive, formatted it and now I'm stuck not knowing how to install programs to the drive. How do I change the install location?


If you installed arch with LVM support you can create a LVM and extend the volume: Creating

To create a PV on /dev/sda1, run:

 pvcreate /dev/sda1

You can check the PV is created using the following command:



After extending or prior to reducing the size of a device that has a physical volume on it, you need to grow or shrink the PV using pvresize.

To expand the PV on /dev/sda1 after enlarging the partition, run:

 pvresize /dev/sda1

It has some caveats and pitfalls I suggest you to backup your data and read:


  • Your answer does not address the OP's question! – fpmurphy Apr 8 at 10:59
  • I can create and LVM and extend the partition to the SSD how does it not solve the problem? – vfbsilva Apr 8 at 12:24

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