Create and configure an additional disk on an instance

It is possible to create additional disks for your Public Cloud instances. This can be useful in cases where:

  • You want to increase your storage capacity without changing the instance model.
  • You want to have a highly available, high-performance storage.
  • You want to move your storage as well as your data to another instance.

This guide explains how to create an additional disk and then configure it on one of your instances.

Prerequisites

  • An instance

 

  • Log on to your control panel on https://register.edu.eu
  • Order additional disk space

 

From an instance under Linux

  • List the disks
[email protected]:~$ lsblk

NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
vda 254:0 0 10G 0 disk
└─vda1 254:1 0 10G 0 part /
vdb 254:16 0 10G 0 disk

VDA usually refers to your instance’s disk, VDB will therefore be the additional disk

  • Create a partition
[email protected]:~$ sudo fdisk /dev/vdb

Welcome to fdisk (util-linux 2.25.2).
Changes will remain in memory only, until you decide to write them.
Be careful before using the write command.

Device does not contain a recognized partition table.
Created a new DOS disklabel with disk identifier 0x95c4adcc.
Command (m for help): n

Partition type
p primary (0 primary, 0 extended, 4 free)
e extended (container for logical partitions)
Select (default p):
Using default response p.
Partition number (1-4, default 1):
First sector (2048-20971519, default 2048):
Last sector, +sectors or +size{K,M,G,T,P} (2048-20971519, default 20971519):

Created a new partition 1 of type 'Linux' and of size 10 GiB.
Command (m for help): w

The partition table has been altered.
Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.
Syncing disks.
  • The partition table has been altered.

Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table. Syncing disks.[/code]

  • Format the partition
[email protected]:~$ sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/vdb1
mke2fs 1.42.12 (29-Aug-2014)
Creating filesystem with 2621184 4k blocks and 655360 inodes
Filesystem UUID: 781be788-c4be-462b-b946-88429a43c0cf
Superblock backups stored on blocks:
32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912, 819200, 884736, 1605632

Allocating group tables: done
Writing inode tables: done
Creating journal (32768 blocks): done
Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information: done
  • Mount the partition
[email protected]:~$ sudo mkdir /mnt/disk
[email protected]:~$ sudo mount /dev/vdb1 /mnt/disk/
  • Check the mounting
[email protected]:~$ df -h

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/vda1 9.8G 840M 8.6G 9% /
udev 10M 0 10M 0% /dev
tmpfs 393M 5.2M 388M 2% /run
tmpfs 982M 0 982M 0% /dev/shm
tmpfs 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
tmpfs 982M 0 982M 0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/vdb1 9.8G 23M 9.2G 1% /mnt/disk

To mount a persistent disk, you have to change the /etc/fstab file:

Retrieve the block ID

[email protected]:~$ sudo blkid

/dev/vda1: UUID="51ba13e7-398b-45f3-b5f3-fdfbe556f62c" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="000132ff-01"
/dev/vdb1: UUID="2e4a9012-bf0e-41ef-bf9a-fbf350803ac5" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="95c4adcc-01"
  • Add your disk to the /etc/fstab file:
[email protected]:~$ vim /etc/fstab

/etc/fstab: static file system information.

# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
UUID=51ba13e7-398b-45f3-b5f3-fdfbe556f62c / ext4 defaults 0 0
UUID=2e4a9012-bf0e-41ef-bf9a-fbf350803ac5 /mnt/disk ext4 nofail 0 0

From an instance under Windows

  • Access the disk manager tool

 Format the disk

 Warning: If the “offline (the disk is offline because of policy set by an administrator)” message appears, you have to change the disk properties by right clicking on your drive, then selecting “Online” and ” Initialise”, or using Diskpart:

  • Start PowerShell or a command prompt
  • Verification of the strategy applied:
PS C:\> diskpart
DISKPART> san

SAN Policy : Offline Shared
  • Change strategy :
DISKPART> san policy = OnlineAll

DiskPart successfully changed the SAN policy for the current operating system . [/ Code]

- Implementation of the strategy on the extra disk:
[Code] DISKPART> list disk

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 200 GB 0 B
* Disk 1 Offline 10 GB 1024 KB
DISKPART> select disk 1

Disk 1 is now the selected disk.
DISKPART> attributes disk clear readonly

Disk attributes cleared successfully.
DISKPART> attributes disk

Current Read-only State : No
Read-only : No
Boot Disk : No
Pagefile Disk : No
Hibernation File Disk : No
Crashdump Disk : No
Clustered Disk : No
DISKPART> online disk

DiskPart successfully onlined the selected disk.
  • Start up the disk from the disk manager then format the disk.

Once the disk is formatted, you can simply access it from your file explorer.

 

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