is it possible in any way to create a PVC / PV and link it to a currently existing, unbound volume, which was previously created via a Kubernetes cluster? If this would be possible, it would enable quick migration of huge datasets in case of severe cluster failures. Any documentation or planned work on that?


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I needed a way to transfer data between separate clusters as well -the same use case as you described.

Instead of trying to create another PVC and get k8s/digitalocean link the existing target volume to it, I had the k8s pod refer to it via the ‘hostpath’ construct. ( https://kubernetes.io/docs/concepts/storage/volumes/#hostpath )


  • Detach the volume from the droplet.
  • Attach it to the target droplet . This is the droplet ( node) that you will want to 'select’ in your k8s pod or deployment script.

Login to your droplet and mount it ( https://www.digitalocean.com/docs/volumes/how-to/mount/)

I assume you’ve mounted it under /mnt . ( will be referenced next)

  • Use the followin stanza in your k8s ( here it is a pod ) script:


    • mountPath: /mnt name: restore-pv volumes:
    • name: restore-pv hostPath: path: /mnt
  • Finally, apply your script.

I hope that helps.