I just started with Ubuntu and I am learning how to use it properly. I am a bit confused however about 2 things.

Firstly, Is there a "device manager"(windows) equivalent in Ubuntu? How can I see what devices are seen by the system + drivers installed?

Secondly, I noticed that Ubuntu doesn't use C:\ or D:\ drive, how would I select hard drive without the letters? I see that USB drives are in /media/(LONG STRING), is there an easier way to access USB drive or other hard drives?

I put in reasonable effort to learn as much as I can with the use of documentation provided, but those 2 things kind of confuse me at this point and I was wondering if someone could clarify this.

Thanks :)

  • 1). disk, 2) for accessing USB you need to be a bit more explicit. Welcome to AskUbuntu... Feb 25, 2017 at 19:30
  • Device Manager: Try 'lsusb' and 'lspci'. Do you have hardware that you believe is not being detected?
    – user535733
    Feb 25, 2017 at 19:38
  • lspci works great. It confirmed that my USB 3.0 control is indeed connected to the PCI and is recognized, but when I plug a USB device into it, it doesn't show in "my computer". How do I update the drivers or how do I even view the drivers currently installed?
    – Bob L
    Feb 25, 2017 at 19:50
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    USB storage devices and HDDs should appear in the left side panel of the file browser. They are usually identifiable by size and partition labels, as well as UUIDs. To see the drivers that are currently in use, run lspci -nnk, or use hardinfo program from the repositories. Updating drivers is rarely necessary, and is rather difficult. Feb 25, 2017 at 20:05
  • gnome-disks shows all devices attached to your system as well as options to detach them safely. and if you use a file browser the equivalent of C;\ on windows is your /home/<username> folder May 25, 2020 at 11:00

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When I googled "Linux device manager equivalent" one of the recommendations is hardinfo which I already had installed but which you can install with:

sudo apt install hardinfo

Then typing hardinfo in the terminal or calling from Dash (Alt+F2) the gui appears like this:


The comments above suggest using lspci and lsusb which are what I use most often but your question asks for a Windows "device manager" equivalent.

  • I wasn't able to install this, the apt package wasn't found on ubuntu 17
    – Jon
    Aug 22, 2017 at 20:59
  • @Jonathan727 Sorry I'm not running 17.04. It appears to be available in 17.04 from the Ubuntu folks though: launchpad.net/ubuntu/zesty/+package/hardinfo Aug 23, 2017 at 0:41
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    Hello @WinEunuuchs2Unix, is it possible to disable a device by using the GUI which appears when I run hardinfo? I tried to do that, but I didn't see the option disable. Dec 28, 2019 at 9:11

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