It provides a GUI to manage and configure disk drives and media. It can be used to format and partition drives, mount and unmount partitions, query S.M.A.R.T. attributes.

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Disk Utility. Format CD-RW to blanck : Error creating filesystem

I got this error when I went to format a rewritable cd with Disk utility. Disk was unmounted as demanded. Error creating file system: helper exited with exit code 1: Error calling fsync(2) on ...
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Cannot boot ubuntu after remove failed data disk (system on different disk)

Our Ubuntu server has four hard disks, but we didn't make them a RAID. Yesterday, one of the disk was reported to be failing, and this disk was /dev/sdb and was mounted as /data (was used to store ...
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Trying to copy an ext4 partition that has errors on it, to a new disk

I have a linux installation in a 50GB partition, on an old 80GB sata disk that is starting to show some errors in it's SMART status, and also, it's an old slow disk. So I want to copy it to a newer ...
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How can I create a 4TB partition on my software RAID5 device?

I have set up a RAID5 device with three 2TB hard drives using mdadm. The device was successfully created, but I cannot seem to create a partition on the device. When I try to make an ext3 or ext4 ...
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Remove encryption from USB flash drive

It all started when I was attempting to format my PNY USB drive because it was full of junk. When it asked me what type of file system, I selected FAT but there was a checkbox below that said ...
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Xubuntu: Disks utility (palimpsest) and Gparted not showing up anywhere after installation

So I've downloaded Gparted and Disks from the software center. According to software center, they've both installed successfully... but they're nowhere to be found. Even in my terminal: $ ...
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Ubuntu keeps randomly switching disks

It took me a while to notice, but here's what happens. I have 2 disks on my computer. On startup, Ubuntu's Disk Utility tells me one is sda and the other sdb. On restart it switches them and on ...
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Gparted funkiness - won't recognize 1TB, full-hdd /home partition, but recognizes ext4 and /home label

I have a 1TB SATA hard disk from my old desktop, and the entire thing is an ext4 /home partition (/, /boot, and swap were all on another hdd). It is now in a USB2 enclosure and I want to use it to ...
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SMART says disk failure is imminent due to bad blocks, what do I need to do?

I have on my hard drive 2 OSes: Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows Vista (I keep it just because of school). Everything was OK on both OSes, but one day on Ubuntu I was getting awkward noises from my notebooks' ...
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Problem accessing second hard disk with Squeezebox server

I have recently re-purposed my old desktop PC as a 'server' running Ubuntu LTS 12.04. I want to use the machine as my primary squeezebox server in place of my HTPC MacMini (to reduce the strain on the ...
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Why did my USB drive suddenly stop being detected?

I wanted to format my usb, so I opened disk-utility to format. But the formatting process wasn't complete and gave me some error. Now my usb isn't detected; please help. Please find the screen shot ...
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Error mounting an external HDD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to mount an external HDD? I want to mount an external HDD.I have tried many things but still no success.When i try to mount it from Disk Utility i get this error: ...
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Is it worth it to change from Ext4 to Ext3 in order to use Partimage?

I am looking for a partition imaging program, like Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image, that will run on the PC (not from live-cd or USB) and can save the image onto a separate partition. I am brand ...
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Why does Disk Utility show 8 bad sectors on a 2-months old harddrive?

I have recently changed my harddrive and Disk Utility already gives me this message that I have 8 bad sectors and that it is sign of imminent disc failure. It counts 8 bad sectors and I really dont ...
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SMART Status Data Interpretation - Disk Utility

Last week my external harddisk (Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB in a custom enclosure) showed signs of failure (Disk Utility SMART Pre-failure status - several bad sectors) and I decided to change it. I ...
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How do I find out if I have a swap partition on my hard drive?

I used the 12.04 live cd to install Ubuntu over my Windows 7 partition and deleted everything so I just have Ubuntu on my laptop. But since during the installer I chose the simple "erase entire disk" ...
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How do I automatically monitor SMART with external USB drives and warn if necessary?

My External USB drive died, and Ubuntu gave no indication that it there was a problem. It would be useful if the system gave a warning for failing drives, including external USB ones. Is there a way ...
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How do I get Disk Utility to read SMART data from USB drives?

When I plug in a external USB drive and want to check its S.M.A.R.T. status in Disk Utility (palimpsest) I cannot because the option is greyed out. Is there an option somewhere to enable this feature? ...
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How can I check my filesystem with the new Disks 3.4.1?

Disks 3.4.1 (aka palimpsest, gnome-disk-utility, or Disk Utility) underwent a huge UI change, and I can't find something comparable to the old "check filesystem" button in its UI. Where can I find ...
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Why is Disk Utility (Palimpsest) the default and not GParted?

GParted seems to be the more robust and feature-rich application of the two, is there a reason as to why GParted is not installed by default in Ubuntu?
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Best ways to keep ubuntu free from cluttering?

There are no programs like disk clean-up or defragmentation in ubuntu, so do we really need it...or if there are some utility packages for ubuntu.
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Startup disc creator not allowing any iso to be loaded

i have 12.04 , ubuntu, and startup diskcreator isn't allowing the program to see the iso. root perms it just doesn't load it. the usb loads fine though.
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Recover files from NTFS drive with bad sectors

A few nights ago I have created a backup of my data on an external 500 GB NTFS USB hard drive. I have then formatted my computer, reinstalled Ubuntu and started transferring back the data from the ...
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Bootable “live” partition on 1TB External HDD

I have a 1TB WD Passport. I made a 20GB partition, formatted to FAT, for a persistent live Ubuntu install. The rest I formatted as NTFS, to be used for backups. I made the 20GB live install with ...
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Is this drive failure or something else?

I have a year-old drive that's giving me trouble. Copying data to it fails after about 8-10GB of transfers. It spontaneously changes to 'read only'. It's properly formatted ext4, I'm the owner. ...
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Disk information Pane in Disk Utility is Black in LXDE

When I open Disk Utility, and click on one of the drives, the information (right)pane is black. Any ideas? Thanks
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At install time I allocated 80 GB for Ubuntu. What happened to my 80GB? How was that space used?

First off, I'm a newb. When I installed Ubuntu it asked me how much drive space to allocate for the OS and I said 80 GB. Now I find that I am running out of hard drive space. Disk utility shows that ...
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“Empty Partition!” in Mac after created that with Disk Utility

I just got a new hard drive yesterday, 2TB, and copied across all the files I needed, into two partitions in the new 2TB Disk, that I created in Disk Utility (command palimpsest). One was 500GB and ...
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Disk Utility in 12.04 LTS will not let me check the file system partition for errors

I want to check my partition for errors using Disk utility. When I press the "Check Filesystem" button, it says that an error occurred ... device is busy. How can I ignore that error and carry on ...
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Ubuntu raid configuration lost after reboot

I have a JMicron raid controller on the motherboard, and I have a menu in which I can set RAID arrays when the system boots. I've set it to RAID-1 and added my two identical 2TB disks (the OS disk is ...
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The Mystery of the Vanishing Disk Space

My disk space is dwindling by about 2GB a day! I only have a few more days before I run out of space. $ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda4 143G 126G ...
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error while trying to resize the partition

im running out of space and i tried to resize the partition using g-parted but i got an error: Checking for bad sectors ... Bad cluster: 0x2904636 - 0x2904636 (1) Bad cluster: 0x290526d - ...
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How do I refresh Disk Utility?

I do a lot of live system building, which eventually involves imaging a USB drive with the built binary image: dd if=binary.img of=/dev/sdX sync Where /dev/sdX is a USB drive. As part of my ...
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Utility for resizing partitions

Is there a partition utility in Ubuntu from which I can break my existing 'ext4' partition into more partition w/o loosing this partition's data?
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How do I rename a USB drive?

How exactly would I rename a USB drive? I've read that you can go into the Disk Utility, the click on Edit Partition and there is an option to rename the label but I can't click in the area to ...
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Hard Drive Formatting and Unmounting Errors

I'm trying to format a hard drive using Ubuntu 11.10. Every time that I attempt to format it from the Disk Utility, I get the error saying the device is busy, and under details it says: /dev/sda1 is ...
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How-to recover previous swap partitions space?

After several clean re-installations of Ubuntu 11.10 on my Lenovo S12 Laptop (Intel Atom), I found I have five new swap partitions in addition to the original swap partition on 11.04. Not only do ...
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How do I correctly align partions on a hdd with sector size of 4096 bytes?

I just bought a Lenovo x121e (E-350 version). I was able to successfully install ubuntu 11.04 and everything is running fine (for the system to boot an efi partition seems to be necessary however). ...