Questions tagged [gnome-disk-utility]

disk management and udisk frontend for GNOME Desktop and Unity. It can be found typing "Disks" in the dash/application list.

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Can I use gnome-disk-utility (GNOME Disks) to wipe my internal storage device? [duplicate]

I'd like to wipe my SSD before I return my work laptop. So I thought I would boot from a USB device, open GNOME Disks and select the SSD, then use the Format Disk option. Would that work? Or did I ...
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Can't create partition from free space in internal drive ubuntu

I have installed ubuntu in a 3TB disk and now it seems like the biggest part of it is lost. When opening disks i see all the partitions and some free space. When i click the setting button all ...
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Gnome Disk Utility - "SMART Data & Self Tests..." Option greyed out

The option for "SMART Data & Self Tests..." is not available (greyed out) in Gnome Disk Utility on 22.04. I have smartmontools installed and can read information about the disk, ...
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Recovering a USB stick after formating it to "No Partitioning (Empty)"

The problem I recently formated my USB stick using Gnome Disks (on Ubuntu). When doing so, i choose the option "No Partitioning (Empty)". Gnome Disk options I choose: After doing so, I am ...
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gnome-disks shows two external disks as one

Running Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, plugging i n two external disk drives (both 2.5" SATA disks in enclosures). Gnome disks somehow detects only one, and shows one entry, in the title it combines both /dev/...
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How do I format a partition to exFAT in GNOME Disks? "exFAT" is greyed out

I'm trying to use GNOME Disks to format a USB stick to exFAT. If I create a new partition, I see this dialog: If I select "Other", I am presented with these choices: As you can see, the &...
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What is the passphrase for opening a BitLocker disk on Ubuntu?

I'm using Ubuntu 21.10. When opening GNOME Disks, I can see a padlock on the Bitlocker partition. If I click the unlock button, I am prompted for a passphrase. What passphrase should I enter? Entering ...
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Need help repartitioning

When I installed ubuntu, I gave it 30 gb think that I wasn’t going to use it much. Well, now I am short on space and I’d like to give it some more. I have a 50 gb chunk sitting in front of the ...
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How to auto mount with full permissions using gnome-disk-utility?

I have gnome-disk-utility installed. It mounts a secondary hard drive I have, but it does not do it with write or execute permissions. How do I setup gnome-disk-utility to mount a hard drive with ...
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Make a full bootable usb stick with Gnome disk utility

I want to make a usb stick bootable with multiple iso files. How can I do it via Gnome disk utility? How can I config the usb for showing grub2 before starting any of ISOs?
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"GNOME Disks" not showing all disks

I have Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS. I have plugged an HDD into my Ubuntu machine through a SATA to USB 3.0 adapter a few days ago. This HDD is formatted with NTFS, its label is "D HDD" and it has ...
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NTFS partition on external drive not automounting (20.10)

After resizing an NTFS partition on an external GPT drive using Gparted the volume doesn't seem to automount on Ubuntu anymore (or other distributions, like OSMC). It has worked fine previously. It ...
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Help with creating a live USB with Ubuntu 20.10

I'm trying to create a live USB with the latest Ubuntu but without success. Steps I did: Downloaded the ISO image Verified the image I tried with gnome disks, ubuntu's Startup Disk Creator and ...
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USB stick detected, but can't mount from fdisk, and doesn't show as sdb or sdX in terminal

I was using a 32GB usb memory to transfer files from an old laptop with windows xp to a more current pc with ubuntu 18.04 and while moving the files from the laptop to the usb stick I left the process ...
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Nautilus and the Disk Utility in Ubuntu Doesn't Recognized Veracrypt Encrypted USBs

I am using the Nautilus files application and my issue is that Nautilus and the disk utility isn't recognizing the contents of a Veracrypt encrypted USB. The disk utility just describes the contents ...
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What does the star indicator mean in gnome-disk-utility GUI

Running Xubuntu there are two indicators used on the RH pane of the GUI in gnome-disk-utility. There's a litle arrow/triangle which says the partition is mounted, but what does the star symbol mean? ...
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mdadm RAID benchmark with `fio` fast but Gnome Disks extremely slow

I've got a software RAID5 array consisting of four 8TB disks assembled using mdadm. When I try to measure write performance using fio with the command fio --name TEST --eta-newline=5s --filename=fio-...
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Unable to format a newly bought pendrive in Disks utility

I recently bought a pendrive (HP 32 GB). When I plugged it into my PC, it didn't make any changes. I then decided to format it, but was unable to do it. The attached image shows the output of the ...
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Why are writes on an NVME slower under Linux than under Windows?

I am using a 970 EVO 1TB NVME SSD (2500MB/s SLC-Cached (1200MB/s TLC)) and a MX300 SATA SSD in my system. After running some benchmarks I realized that the NVME SSD is not as fast as I hoped it would ...
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Gnome Disk Image Mounter Permission Issues

I am trying to mount an ISO but am getting permission issues: I have tried running disk-image-mounter as root which works, but while in nautilus, under other locations I see the image but am unable ...
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how can I get my extended partition to come back after I used gnome-disk to create an NTFS partition

I am just using gnome-disks in 18.04.4 (disk OK, 1 bad sector) The following partitions existed on 250GB drive from about 2014 windows recovery primary partition windows OS primary partition blank ...
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Mount all internal partitions on startup for ALL users

I just installed Ubuntu 20.04 and it is the first time for me using Linux as a desktop instead of a server. And as such, there are a few pitfalls I keep hitting. On macOS and Windows 10, I use ...
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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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Why don't all programs recognize certain drives that have mounted at startup?

My internal Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB drive contains my OS. I have two Crucial internal solid-state drives that contain files, and have defined symlinks so that I can get to them from ~/Documents. I've ...
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Anyone know how to use "S.M.A.R.T Data and Self Checks " to determine whether or not a HDD is failing? [duplicate]

Okay, so I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place to ask this question but I genuinely don't know the meaning behind what pops up when I use this function of the "Disks" program. I'm currently ...
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The system can't recognize the disk's space

So, recently i decided to remove ext4 partition from my external hard drive, which i used for Timeshift backups. I successfully removed it from 1tb external drive, but the file manager shows me that ...
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Cannot mount Windows partition in Ubuntu

I have a dual-boot (Win10-Ubuntu 18) for more than 6 months and everything went fine. Today I decided to give more space to my Ubuntu system (35GB -> 80GB). I resized my Windows partition and used ...
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gnome-disk-utility or hdparm to spin down hdd permanently → issues

I used to use this hdparm -Y /dev/sda under KDE to spin down hdd disk but this stopped to work as disk started to spin up by itself, I couldn't find a way to correct this by using other hdparm ...
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Why does mounted drive show a "prohibited" sign?

I have mounted an internal hdd in 18.04 using the gnome-disks utility, selecting "mount at system statup". In nautilus the drive shows up with a "prohibited" sign like this. I have not noticed any ...
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What Causes a File System to become Broken?

Recently one of my drives refused to mount, showing the error message below: Now luckily I was able to fix this thanks to another question on Ask Ubuntu that you can find here: "Structure needs ...
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Gnome Disks utility freezing

I recently mounted a new FAT32 HDD to my desktop (Ubuntu 18.04). After initially partitioning the drive I wanted to partition a larger space but realized that my GNOME disks management utility window ...
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Unable to Create Backup Image With Gnome-Disk-Utility

New to the forums and running 18.04. Probably a rookie mistake I am making, but scoured the forums and tutorials. The gnome-disk-utility tutorials are simple enough and appear to be working in the os ...
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USB stick not a block device

I am having problems with my USB stick. From the disks utility I can see its size, model and Serial Number but I can't make a NTFS partition on it. Previously I had another problem with the same USB ...
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USB stick product code is recognised but not "No Medium"

I have a new USB stick that should be 1 TB. The program Disks shows a null product code ("VendorCo ProductCode (2.00)") and shows "No Medium" with no size, no media, and no contents. How do I fix it?
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I have an error while I try a "benchmark" on gnome disks utility

I have a problem with disks. When I try to test the velocity of my hard drive, the system show me a message that says "error unmounting /dev/sda2: target is busy (udisks-error-quark,14)", but it's ...
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Errors, strange partition allocation: can I recover?

New Ubuntu 18.04 installation, meant to replace an Ubuntu 16.04 that I used intermittently for several years. Tonight I was trying to clone the disk with Clonezilla, but I got some error copying sda5....
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GNOME disk utility resize is taking forever! Where can I find the progress logs?

This is a 2TB external drive of which 111 GB full. I am reducing the ext4 partition size to 700 GB. The resize partition job is running for a couple of hours now. /var/log/syslog has no relevant ...
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Gnome Disk Utility, option to format mbr ? does option "overwrite existing data with zeroes" check bad sector like format in windows

When use gnome-disk-utility, after choose: then choose Does the option Compatible with all systems and devices (MRB/DOS) format MBR (I mean wipe out old MBR and write new MBR in the first sector)? ...
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How ro recover lost LUKS partition on external harddisk

Using gnome-disk-utility, I accidentally removed a LUKS partition on an external hard disk. This hard disk now looks like this: I just pressed the minus-sign, thus I guess I just removed the ...
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Duplicate partition in gnome-disks

I use a 525 GB drive that's dual booted with Ubuntu 18.10 and Windows 10. My Windows partition should be 425 GB and my Ubuntu partition should be 100 GB, but I see two non-NTFS entries: One says ...
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gnome-disk-utility does not open on current screen

With Ubuntu 14.04, whenever I clicked with my mouse on "disks", the utility opened up on the current screen. Now that I have Ubuntu 18.04 it opens up on a hidden screen I have to drag from the right ...
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gparted, fdisk and gnome-disks stuck (in various ways)

I've been having trouble getting gparted to run. I'd like to format a usb stick. . . but when I attempt to load gparted it endlessly cycles through "scanning all devices". This is a fresh Ubuntu 18....
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Can't access SMART on an external HDD from gnome-disk-utility

I have a 2TB HDD connected by USB (WD Elements 25A2 (1014)) that I use to store my photos and as a Plex server on Ubuntu 16.04. I have been noticing it unmounting overnight recently for no particular ...
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GNOME Disks and compress images

How can I create compressed images with GNOME Disks? If it is not possible, what do you suggest instead?
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How to see how far is the disk overwriting in the gnome-disk-utility?

I used the gnome-disk-utility to overwrite and encrypt an old 2TB disk. The process is running now already for two days. Is there any way to see how far it progressed? UPDATE It's done! So it took ...
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Why can I not maximise the SMART window in gnome-disks? [closed]

I would like to be able to resize/move/maximise the gnome-disks SMART window freely since I am unable to read the attribute descriptors properly otherwise as shown in the picture: SMART Window To me ...
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How do I automount a drive using Gnome Disks? [duplicate]

Alright, I fear this may be claimed as a duplicate, but I have yet to find a straight answer after lots of googling. So here it is. I got this secundary hdd in my computer. I want it to mount at ...
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About the disk utility

I've been trying to make partitions in my disk using the disk utility provided by Gnome. I've wasted the whole day yesterday searching this forum, other forums, other websites about HOW to use this ...
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NVME can't see S.M.A.R.T. in gnome-disk-utility

I am using Ubuntu Mate 16.04. I bought an nvme ssd (Intel 600p) and am no longer able to view SMART data through gnome-disk-utility. I was able to see SMART using my old SATA ssd through this ...
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GNOME disks messes up partitions

My disk is partitioned like this: Every time I run any command (mount, format, delete partition,...), I get this: The actual disk layout itself is not affected: no problems in GParted or CLI. The ...
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