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LinuxDevCenter: Managing Disk Space with LVM

May 02, 2006, 08:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bryce Harrington, Kees Cook)

"The Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) is a mechanism for virtualizing disks. It can create 'virtual' disk partitions out of one or more physical hard drives, allowing you to grow, shrink, or move those partitions from drive to drive as your needs change. It also allows you to create larger partitions than you could achieve with a single drive.

"Traditional uses of LVM have included databases and company file servers, but even home users may want large partitions for music or video collections, or for storing online backups. LVM and RAID 1 can also be convenient ways to gain redundancy without sacrificing flexibility..."

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