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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GUI program to create partition backup image no larger than its files?

I like 'Disks' (gnome-disk-utility) and its ability to create backups of system partitions. But at some point I read on the internet about a program that would create such images that are not as ...
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Fails to auto-mount device & Error mounting system managed device(Ubuntu 14.04)

I used auto-mount option in Ubuntu 14.04 for mounting my all drives at startup. All drives mounts automatically on startup except /dev/sda3. (Let me clarify that /dev/sda3 is ext4 file-system and ...
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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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Why is Disks not in Ubuntu Mate?

Ive been using Ubuntu right along (years) I was surprised when I installed Ubuntu 14.04 and the disks utility wasn't installed by default. Why was it left out?? As in, how do we get it added back in ...
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Unable to detect my wireless network card and also unable to access other disk drives

I recently installed Ubuntu 16.04 on a partition for dual booting it alongside windows 10.But my system cant detect the wireless network card on ubuntu even though it works perfectly on windows(my ...
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Step by step actions for an imminent hard disk failure

My Disk Utility shows the following with my boot disk (/dev/sda partition): This is perhaps a generic question, but if someone can enumerate the steps that I should be take, that would be very ...
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How to partition hard drive where already Ubuntu 16.04 is installed

I have installed Ubuntu 16.04 in my whole laptop space. But right now , i have a requirement to install Windows in the same laptop. And since i am trying to install windows side by side with this ...
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Windows 7 Full Backup w/ “Disk” Utility - Does It work?

I have two OSs installed on my box: Windows 7 and the latest Linux Mint. Those are installed on separate drives. Can I make a full system backup of Windows 7 using Disk Utility on Linux Mint? I found ...
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SD Card mounts read-write, but can't edit partitions

I have an SD card that will mount, and I can read and write to it, but I can't edit the partitions. Using the Disks utility, when I try to delete one of the partitions, I get an error saying that the ...
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How to Rename the Partition Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

I would like to rename the partition , I have the partition name as Daten and as you can see from the pictures below, the name still shows the partition ID at top end of left hand corner
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Securely erase hard drive using the Disk Utility

I am planning on selling my laptop. So I formatted my disk using the Disk Utility and chose to overwrite the disk with zeroes. Two questions: Is this the same as overwriting the disk using dd? sudo ...
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Disk Image Mounter

I am on Ubuntu 12.04 and I don't find Disk Image Mounter as an option when I right click on a ISO file. Can any help me with this? Thanks!
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Disk Space Analyser: Partitioning

Hi today i have installed ubuntu in my system for cloud computing.. And i have installed Xen Server... When i view via management software i got message of low space available... When i see via Disk ...
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Can anyone help me to write a utility that we all could use to stop /boot from becoming full?

Can anyone help me to write a utility for Ubuntu that we all could use to stop /boot from becoming full? I would like a utility that can either a) remove old files regularly when boot is getting full ...
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What are the pros and cons of each USB disk format?

In DISK UTILITY when you choose format drive, there are four options. I would like to know what's best and fastest for USB flash drives, USB HDD and any differences between each format type. The ...
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Why “Disks” and “Startup Disk Creator” utilities don't work on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?

I have problems with these utilities. When I try to format USB from Disk Utility I get this error: Error synchronizing after initial wipe: Timed out waiting for object (udisks-error-quark, 0) ...
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Disk monitor software

Can't find something similar to windows resource monitor software (input output monitor). I need tool which draws disk load graphic and processes which uses disk input or output. There are a lot of ...
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Ubuntu downloaded as .iso file on mac [duplicate]

Everytime I download Ubuntu onto my mac laptop, it is downloaded as an .iso file. I cannot open the file because it tells me in Launchpad: hdiutil: mount failed - No such file or directory
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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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Disks Application Formatting

In the Formatting Option in the Disks application for Ubuntu 14.04, it gives the option to not overwrite existing data or overwrite existing data with 0's. I've tried both, and both clear the disk and ...
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Increase number of inodes on a disk

Can I increase number of inodes on a disk? How can I increase it ? I am out of inodes just because of so many small files in disk.
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Internal harddisk drives are not showing up

I've installed Ubuntu 15.04 for the first time. Created two partitions during the installation. But no drives are showing in the system. Tried many methods but not working. Disk utility is showing two ...
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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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Can Encrypted external drive encrypted on/by ubuntu work with Windows?

I was thinking of encrypting my drive but before that I have to make sure that It will work with Windows because in case I am out of options I have to choose windows to recover data. I am talking ...
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How to wipe/format entire disk using gparted?

With gnome-disk-utility alias palimpsest there is an option to format entire disk with partitioning scheme "none" or something similar. How do I do that in gparted? (? is it the "loop" option ?) Or ...
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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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What are Reported Uncorrectable Errors in Disks?

I ran an extended SMART data & Self-Tests on my Hard Disk using Disks utility in Ubuntu where the hard disk completed self-test successfully.The result of the test is 1.) Runtime-bad block-...
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Format disk in 14.04

I remember using Disk Utility to format disks and USBs in 12.04. Now, after upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04, I can't seem to find the Disk Utility application. How do I format disks in 14.04? Looking for ...
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Can udisks be removed from 14.04 and replaced with the functionality of disk utility from 12.04?

I'm currently testing 14.04 and while there are many things I like about it, the udisks bugs are upsetting. I'm currently running 12.04 on all production systems due to these problems which if I'm not ...
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In the Disks (Disk Utility) application in 14.04, what does the auto-clear setting do?

I'm playing with some disk images via loopback devices (e.g. /dev/loop0). When viewed in the Disks (Disk Utility) application there's a setting labeled "Auto-clear" which is currently set to OFF. ...
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Is there any utility like smartctl which gives identify data for an ATAPI device?

I want to know the identify data for the ATAPI device(CD/DVD ROM) I am using. I can get the same information using the smartctl --identify /dev/device for the ATA Hard Disk but the same is not ...
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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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What are the fields in the “Format Partition” window in the Disks utility for, and what do I choose?

I use 14.04 and I have 2 physical partitions, one of 243Gb and another of rest of 500Gb. I want to format the partition of 243Gb using Disks (Open dash and type disks). This partition contains ...
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Is there a safe way to unplug Bluetooth adapter in Ubuntu?

I have wondered about that a lot, is it safe to just unplug the Bluetooth Adapter just like because in Windows we use to have The Safety Remove option and for USB drives or SD card I can unmounted ...
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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 rename....
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How to check what are using the mounted disk when I want to reject it

The disk is mounted by sudo mount /dev/sdd5 /media/SDD/Docs and sudo mount /dev/sdd6 /media/SDD/Images and so on, thus there are some directories corresponding to the volumes of the mounted disk. ...
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disk image feature in disks utility. Has anyone used it?

I have my ubuntu 14.04 system in one partition (I do not have an extra partition for home) while I have date in another partition. I regularly backup data using a backup tool (areca) but I was ...
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'Low Disk Space' (and Disk Usage Analyzer) vs Disks utility [duplicate]

I have posted a very similar question here before. A similar thing happened this morning. I received a Low Disk Space warning The volume "InternalHDD" has only 873.8 MB disk space remaining I ...
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How To Replace Deleted File Bytes With Random Bytes

Let's assume that I "erased" some file named important.txt. This file is still exists on the hard drive (invisible attribute changed to true), so what I am trying to do is find the important.txt that ...
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Understanding gnome-disk mount options

I am using the gnome-disk-utilities UI to manage my auto-mounts. The problem is that I don't fully understand the mount options. Is there no way to directly set the default access privileges like with ...
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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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Why does USB formatted NTFS in Ubuntu work on Windows 7/8 but not XP?

I formatted my USB drive in Ubuntu's disk utility. When I plug that USB into my PC which has Windows XP on it, it shows the drive as corrupted. That same USB works on Windows 7 and 8, just not with ...
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How can I launch Disk Utility after installing it?

I'm trying to run gnome-disk-utility. But I cannot seem to find it. sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility says its already installed, as does the software manager, however running gnome-disk-...
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Can't format an USB Drive

I receive following Error in disk-utility: Error synchronizing after initial wipe: Timed out waiting for object (udisks-error-quark, 0)
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problems with creating a raid 5 array

when ever I try creating a RAID setup with the disck utility it gives me the following error: Error creating RAID array: Error spawning command-line `mdadm --create /dev/md127 --run --chunk 512 --...
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Is there any software application for Ubuntu like RAMDisk by Dataram?

Currently I using ramdisk in windows7 by using http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk. Update: RamDisk software by DataRam has the ability to save RamDisk virtual disk ...
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How do I partition an SD card with “disk utility”?

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10. I want to make partitions on my SD card. After mounting the SD card I'm trying to make the partitions with the "disk utility". In the disk utility, after clicking on "more ...
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Is Disk Utility encryption the same as dm-crypt?

I have found the following 2 minute video which shows how to encrypt a usb drive using ubuntu's disk utility app: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_g-W6hrkNA My question is, is that method using dm-...
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Disk failure imminent [duplicate]

I have been using Win7 ubuntu 12.04 dual boot laptop and one day I got Disk failure imminent message in ubuntu.I have been using Win 7 since then for about 2 months now and havent experienced anything ...
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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 "Encrypt"...