I just formatted a USB directly from nautilus, but once I'd chosen the conditions, the USB disappeared from the menu and no window has opened to display the progress or completion.

I see in the system that monitors that the CPU and the disk are working, but I do not know when the USB is fully formatted.


Ok, now I opened GNOME Disks and I saw this

Disks view of the USB

  • Please can you properly explain your situation? Possibly include some screenshots of the problem , so that we can help you to solve it
    – hellozee
    Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 15:46
  • @KuntalMajumder I did start formatting the USB stick, but nothing happened, I do not know if he has finished formatting. I would not remove the USB while formatting. Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 15:50
  • Did you try GParted to format it? I believe you could get more information about.
    – gwarah
    Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 16:21
  • @gwarah Yes of course! I'm asking if this is a nautilus bug... or if it is a my problem! Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 18:18
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    @PatrickBarattin Your update looks like an answer to me. Self answering is actually encouraged here. I highly recommend that you edit your answer out of the update to your question and post it as an answer.
    – Elder Geek
    Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 22:03

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Ubuntu 16.04 does not show any information while it's formatting a pendrive from the file explorer window. Just leave it plugged in until the light stops blinking, and then some more (for good measure).

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    or from an application like Gparted or Disks
    – Zanna
    Commented May 12, 2018 at 6:58

The device name goes away until the format is finished. Once the format has finished the device name comes back. So when you start a format in Nautilus, especially when you want the data zero'd out, do not close Nautilus until you see the device name again. I just formatted a 8 Gb USB drive and it took about 10 minutes to complete.

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