How to Remove LVM Physical Volume (PV) on Linux Easily

How to Remove LVM Physical Volume (PV) on Linux Easily

If you are looking to know how to remove a physical volume (PV) in linux on lvm. In this post, we have explained you the commands to remove a physical volume (PV) from existing Volume group (VG) on Linux.Assume that, we wanted to remove the phyical volume (PV) “/dev/sdc1” from existing volume group (VG) “vg01”.

Step 1 : Ensure that physical volume extents not been used.

Use the below commands to ensure that the physical volume is not been used by any logical volumes.

pvdisplay /dev/sdc1

If it is used, then move to the step 2. If it not used, then skip to step 3.

Step 2 : Move data to other disks within the Volumegroup.

If you have enough free extents on the other disks within the volumegroup

pvmove /dev/sdc1

If you want to move it to the particular disk within the Volumegroup.

pvmove /dev/sdc1  /dev/sdb1

Step 3 : Remove physical volume from the Volume group.

Use “vgreduce” command to remove the physical volume from the Volume group.

vgreduce vg01 /dev/sdc1

Now your physical volume has been removed from the existing volume group.

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