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    Linux novice seeking help. I purchased a Vortexbox server several years ago. Recently I have encountered several hardware and software issues. So after a rebuild I decided to install version 2.4. Everything seems to have worked except I am missing 8.1 TB of storage. Running fdisk -l gives the following:

    Disk /dev/sda: 2.7 TiB, 3000592982016 bytes, 5860533168 sectors
    Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    Disklabel type: gpt
    Disk identifier: 8D463EAF-5BA5-4F0D-AEC3-5DFF541DE0DF

    Device Start End Sectors Size Type
    /dev/sda1 2048 4095 2048 1M BIOS boot
    /dev/sda2 4096 618495 614400 300M Linux filesystem
    /dev/sda3 618496 749567 131072 64M Linux swap
    /dev/sda4 749568 63664127 62914560 30G Linux filesystem
    /dev/sda5 63664128 5860533134 5796869007 2.7T Linux LVM


    Disk /dev/sdb: 2.7 TiB, 3000592982016 bytes, 5860533168 sectors
    Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes


    Disk /dev/sdc: 2.7 TiB, 3000592982016 bytes, 5860533168 sectors
    Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

    It looks like all I need to do is mount sda5, sdb and sdc. But not sure where to mount them, to /storage perhaps? Also the previous version had a logical volume called lv_storage, this no longer exists, do I need to build another? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • #2
    Have a look at https://www.vortexbox.org/forum/supp...sd-data-on-hdd
    you would start atstep 5 create the volume group , it is post 5, the command will be
    vgcreate -s 32m StorageVM /dev/sda5 /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdc1
    then follow the rest of the steps.

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    • #3
      Thanks, will give it a go.

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      • #4
        Slight problem with old volume group still existing and issues with an unknown physical volume. But once the pv was removed (https://www.safematix.com/system/lin...-volume-group/ was very helpful), I could extend the volume group to include /dev/sda5. Then I could continue with step 6 - create the logical volume. Many thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

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        • #5
          Well done to get it going.
          Before you load all your music up have a think about re doing your system as a "2 disk install", where the system is running on the cheapest SSD you can find and your music is sitting on the spinning disks. The Squeezebox server runs so much quicker, especially for music scans and searches.
          http://web.archive.org/web/201701041...rive-as-system

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          • #6
            Thanks, a very helpful posting.Especially liked the idea of using gaffer tape.

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            • #7
              I am running VB on a NUC and I *really really* wish this would work using a USB stick as the system drive (only single drive supported)....well it does work but I found it screwed up once the 2nd disk was added.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by davem View Post
                I am running VB on a NUC and I *really really* wish this would work using a USB stick as the system drive (only single drive supported)....well it does work but I found it screwed up once the 2nd disk was added.
                Why do you want to use a USB stick as the system drive? This would be REALLY slow. Almost unusable. Just use an internal hard drive to boot from.

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                • #9
                  I use a NUC for VB - single internal disk and 8G RAM. The idea is the same as running a 2 disk system having /storage on the internal disk and system on the USB. Restoring from backups is a PITA.

                  I tried this using 2.4 years ago and even with a generic USB stick, it worked fine. It was a test and I intended to buy a high performance USB stick if I went ahead with it. Or even 2 of them in case one failed. Having 8G RAM should also limit the amount of read/writes as well. Ubuntu (& probably others) support this from a quick google.

                  In the end it failed - IIRC the OS kept writing system files to the internal disk for some reason.


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                  • #10
                    This is not a supported configuration. Use the internal disk it will work much better.

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