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 this?


Note: Users of Ubuntu 12.04 Precise will not experience this issue because Disks 3.4.1 is only available via PPA or in the next Ubuntu release, 12.10 Quantal.

  • Disks 3.3+ is a complete rewrite of the old gnome-disk-utility (aka Palimpsest). It no longer appears to include an option to check filesystems:

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  • Use GParted to check filesystems instead. Select the partition you want to check, click on Partition...Check in the menu:

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  • The operation will be added to the list. Click on the Apply button to start the check:

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    By gnome-disk-utitility, do you mean gnome-disk-utility(Note lack of extra ti's) – nanofarad Jun 11 '12 at 20:33
  • I'm confused by the "Users of precise will not notice this". What PPA is this on? It somehow installed itself on my 12.04 system... Otherwise, good answer, and thank you for the helpful, detailed information. :) – weberc2 Jun 12 '12 at 1:02
  • @weberc2 the "official" version in Precise is the old 3.0.2. The new one appears to be available in at least 8 PPAs, if not more, so it's easy to get it even if you didn't want to. To find out where it came from, run apt-cache showpkg gnome-disk-utility | grep 3.4.*ppa and look for the part after launchpad.net_. The first set of underscores encloses the maintainer and the second the PPA archive name. To restore, do a sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility=3.0.2-2ubuntu7 and then hold gnome-disk-utility. – ish Jun 12 '12 at 1:24
  • Sure enough, it came in on Gnome3 team or some such. Thanks again. :) – weberc2 Jun 13 '12 at 15:10
  • Wow. This should be a bug. Isn't a loss a functionality a regression? – mniess Sep 25 '12 at 10:50

As I was unable to find this functionality, I found the following workaround provided the same end result for my purposes:

Run fsck /dev/sda2 in a terminal window (in which /dev/sda2 is the path to whichever filesystem you'd like to check).

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