Docker Volume another disk

I am using docker 1.9.1 and compose 1.6, I have am using the standard postgres container postgres:9.3.5 which has a data volume at /var/lib/postgresql/data I want to externally mount that file into /data which is a different disk ( not the root partition). I added the following to my compose file.

 - /data/pg_data:/var/lib/postgresql/data

df -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/xvda1       63G  5.9G   57G  10% /
devtmpfs        7.5G  120K  7.5G   1% /dev
tmpfs           7.5G     0  7.5G   0% /dev/shm
/dev/xvdb       985G  197M  934G   1% /data

starting the container results in my data volume not being present on /data. docker inspect reveals the following.

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  • Mounts": [
                "Source": "/data/pg_data",
                "Destination": "/var/lib/postgresql/data",
                "Mode": "rw",
                "RW": true

    if I use a symlink instead

    /docker -> /data/pg_data 

    and update the docker-compose file accordingly, it all works. The data is in the right place on /data

    Any ideas whats going on?

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    Are you using VirtualBox?
    You can create a separate volume and mount it on the Postgres container:

    $ docker volume create --name postgres_data

    And in the docker-compose.yml:

    version: "2"
          - postgres_data:/var/lib/postgresql/data
        external: true

    You can mount the volume in another container and backup the data:

    $ docker run -it -v postgres_data:/postgres_data $PWD:/backup alpine sh
    $ cp -rf /postgres_data /backup/

    I ended up upgrading docker to 1.9.1 and the problem went away. I couldn’t find a bug in the docker release notes that sounds related but it definitely has fixed the issue on several machines.

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