Monthly Archives: September 2018

Build my Fusion Drive with LVM-Cache

LVM Cache is a interesting feature that I saw some web review on the web. It can speed up traditional mechanical disk with a cache partition on SSD. Essentially the concept is the same as Windows Readyboost or Fusion Drive, which the caching is controlled by firmware.

Resize the SSD

e2fsck /dev/sda1

resize2fs /dev/sda1 100000M

Use GParted to adjust the partition size

Mark Data(sdb1), Cache(sda2) and Meta(sda3) as LVM PV

sudo pvcreate /dev/sdb1 

sudo pvcreate /dev/sda2

sudo pvcreate /dev/sda3

Create Volume Group with the PVs

# Must spare some space
sudo vgcreate VG /dev/sdb1 /dev/sda2 /dev/sda3

sudo lvcreate -l 95%FREE -n data VG /dev/sdb1

sudo lvcreate -l 95%FREE -n cache VG /dev/sda2

sudo lvcreate -l 95%FREE -n meta VG /dev/sda3

Create Cache Pool and config cache mode as Writeback (improve read / write performance)

sudo lvconvert --type cache-pool --poolmetadata VG/meta VG/cache

sudo lvconvert --type cache --cachepool VG/cache --cachemode writeback VG/data

In case you are unlucky that u encounter the cache corruption. You need to execute the following commands to rebuild the cache

vgchange -a y VG
lvchange -a y VG/data
lvconvert --repair VG/data