Questions tagged [disk-utility]

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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Can't mount hdd: Edit mount options grays out

I have installed ubuntu 20.04 in my Lenovo ideapad s145-14iwl laptop. I am a new user of ubuntu. After opening disk app, i can see the hdd but can't mount it through edit mount option as it has grayed ...
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Problem with backing up USB stick using Disks utility

I am trying to back up the whole USB stick to external HDD by creating a disk image (*.img file) using the Ubuntu Disks utility. The USB stick I'm backing up is the "sde" device. I entered: lsblk /...
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How to interpret disks utility “SMART data & self-tests” results?

Is there any comprehensive explanation of what the statistics in the report mean? I know about the balloons the report displays, but many of them raise more questions than they answer. I'm ...
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How can I do disk partition in Ubuntu 18.04 while installing it? [duplicate]

I don't need windows any more, I have 1TB of hard disk and 6gb ram.Please help me out I'm a beginner!
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Using built-in GUI tools, how do I partition/format an empty drive (zeroed out)?

so I'm trying to partition/format a zeroed out USB drive using Disks app. When formatting, it doesn't give me an option to select GPT/MBR. All I get see it an option to select filesystem. I had to ...
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sudden ubuntu 16.04 shutdown while downloading

I am asking what happens if my laptops power dies while I am downloading a website on the Linux terminal? id like to know.Thanks.
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Why is gnome-disks using LUKS1?

I noticed that the application called gnome-disks which is the disk manager in many distros under the gnome and other desktops, gives you the option to encrypt a partition with LUKS. It only offers ...
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how to check a filesystem in Ubuntu 16.04?

In Ubuntu 12.04 I was used to run the 'Disk Utility' and choose 'Check Filesystem'; its subtitle showed also 'and repair'. In Ubuntu 16.04 I have only found the 'Disks' utility that looks similarly ...
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Disk Usage Utility Daily Stats Tool [Gui]

I have seen a lot of posts regarding my Issue ,but no one has satisfactory answer specially in regard of daily disk usage by different processes I want a complete disk usage monitoring tool ,which ...
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wipefs device or resource busy

I am trying to format a drive using the Ubuntu Disks utility. When I select and try to format the drive I get Error wiping device. Command-line wipefs -a "/dev/sdb" exited with non-zero exit status ...
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How to warn user of bad disk sectors?

In the past, Gnome/Ubuntu's standard "Disk" utility would warn if the hard drive reported imminent failure. However, I recently encountered a case where my filesystem flipped into read-only mode. ...
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usb drive not detected after formattinf on ubuntu 16.04.1

The pen drive is visible on disk application. But it can't be formatted. It is not visible on gparted. I had formatted it. And this happened after it. It is not visible in files. I tried it in my ...
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External HDD shows up as two separate HDDs in Disk Utility after executing parted

Good day to all, as I mention in my title, the external HDD shows up as two separate HDDs (..kind of) in Disk Utility after executing the following command: sudo parted -l In particular, once I ...
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Where does GNOME Disks store standby settings?

I have been trying to figure out where GNOME Disks (gnome-disks) store its standby settings for HDDs (spinning disks). It is the easiest way to configure this, and works perfectly on Ubuntu GNOME 16....
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Disks application not reading SMART data correctly?

One of my computers has an older Seagate 750GB HDD. I checked on the SMART data with the included Disks program this afternoon, and I found that it had: A "seek error rate" 441 Million A "read error ...
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Unable to format my pendrive

I want to try to format my pendrive but it show the error as Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type /dev/sdc1 2048 7802879 7800832 3.7G 83 Linux Command (m for help): w ...
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How to power on internal SD card reader from disk utility

I have a Dell laptop (Inspiron-3521) which have an SD card slot. I used this slot to install some images for my raspberry pi. I wanted to test something and using the Ubuntu disk utility I powered it ...
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Cannot Write Data to My External Disk When I Give Executable Permission

I wanted to store Android SDK on my external hard drive. I added location, which is /media/erayerdin/ERDIN_EXT1/sources/sdk/linux_x64/android, to my PATH variable by editing /etc/bash.bashrc. However,...
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How to partition hard drive where already Ubuntu 16.04 is installed [duplicate]

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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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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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) When ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 another ...
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How to check what are using the mounted disk when I want to eject 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 is Imminent after Partion with gParted

I was trying to partition my drive. I used gparted live iso using usb drive. It partitioned successfully but when I logged in Ubuntu again it is showing some problem in my hard drive. Error is Disk ...
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Possible to delete root partition [closed]

I was deleting a partition on my root drive through the disk utility, and now the disk utility shows my root disk is entirely free space. My system is still running and I can access all my files ...
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using gnome-disks/terminal to format usb drive in ubuntu 12.10, FAT32

I know its a duplicate question, but I couldn't find a answer that would have satisfied me.. I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10, You know I was holding with the LTS but couldn't resist all those new ...
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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 ...