I am new to Ubuntu. I have some old hardware lying around so I decided to build a backup/storage device. I am trying to follow this lifehacker article.

It asks me to open a terminal and run sudo apt-get install pysdm. However, I keep getting Unable to locate package pysdm. Does anyone know where my pysdm is or where I can get one. I have run ubuntu from a usb key and have installed it on a hard drive and get the same message.

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Avoid using pysdm for now.

It's been removed from the Ubuntu archives for a reason:

please remove Pysdm from Ubuntu repositories. It is obsolete (not updated since June 2006 !!), buggy (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pysdm) , doesn't handle UUIDs (which is now fstab standard in all supported Ubuntu versions !!!) and it has already been removed from Debian repositories.

I would suggest to find an alternative for using in recent Ubuntu releases. Also consider reporting this to LifeHacker.

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    Well, that explains a lot. Thank you very much.
    – John Boy
    Jan 7, 2013 at 2:05
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    @JohnBoy Glad I could help. Please consider accepting my answer if you think this is the one. It helps future visitors to point to the right answer.
    – gertvdijk
    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:14

Try Disks on dash (or gnome-disks on terminal) as suggested here, worked very fine as alternative to pysdm

This same info is also here.

  • Does not work for me - E: Unable to locate package gnome-disks
    – Domi
    Oct 28, 2014 at 15:43
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    @Domi apt-get install gnome-disk-utility Oct 29, 2014 at 2:35
  • It has the option I was looking for, to mount partitions at start.
    – sites
    Feb 21, 2015 at 23:08

You could try to use the pysdm package from Ubuntu 12.04.

Downloadlink: http://ftp.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/p/pysdm/pysdm_0.4.1-0ubuntu3_all.deb

Download it and install it with sudo dpkg -i pysdm_0.4.1-0ubuntu3_all.deb.

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    Would it be wise to set up a Storage device manager designed for another release? There's a reason for it to be removed.
    – gertvdijk
    Jan 6, 2013 at 22:53

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