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can we create a new volume with a existing plex without losing data in veritas volume manager 3.2?

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Please some expert help me out in this.

Is it possible to create a new volume with an existing plex without losing data in there in veritas volume mamanger 3.2?

If so, please tell m ethe procedure.

Actually,  I had disassociated a plex from a volume,  and created a new volume with that plex. but it gives the status as uninitialized.
i am kind of scared to start the volume, becuase i am not sure if i will have the data as it is.

i can't attach the plex to the previous volume it used to be attached to, as i did some mistakes in growing size to that volume(ufs type).

Hope i won't lose the data. Otherwise i will be in bif trouble as i don't have backup:(

Thanks for any help.
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if you start up that volume, the data should still be there...  initializing a volume is not the same as running newfs and creating a new filesystem on that volume.
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to be even more specific, here is the clip from the veritas manual that shows you how to initialize your volume without zeroing the data:

The following command can be used to enable a volume without initializing it:
     #vxvol init enable volume
This allows you to restore data on the volume from a backup before using the following command
to make the volume fully active:
     #vxvol init active volume
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Hi fim32,

Thanks for your response. I have actually figured it out over the weekend.  Here are what we have done:
1. re-associate everything back (subdisk back to plex and plex back to volume)
2. run: vxrecover -sE volname

We get the volume back as well as the data. But you are right in that initializing a volume will not lose data. Will you accept if I reduce the points to 200 and accept your answer, which is correct but late for us.

Thanks again for your input.
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that would be great!
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