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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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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What happend to SMART data (disk selftest option) [duplicate]

My question is; What happened to SMART data selftest option in Disks/gnome-disk-utility Any help or tips appreciated.(I want to scan/repair my drive for bad sectors preferably GUI) here is an image ...
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Cannot format corrupted SD card

I was trying to install Raspbian NOOBS image on my SD card. I copied the files and plugged it to raspberry. While installing, there was a problem and I had to eject the card. Then, I tried to format ...
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How to disable write caching after switching distrO?

Recently I switched from Linux Mint to xubuntu. When I was using Linux Mint, I enabled write caching from the gnome disk utility. But now, in xubuntu in the gnome disk utility, it says write caching ...
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gnome-disk-utility not showing all partitions after Ubuntu 16.04 clean-install [closed]

After a clean-install of 16.04 alongside W7 my shared partitions did not auto-mount at boot. I opened "disk" in launcher and surprisingly the partitions are not like shown in gparted (and in reality) ...
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How to mark bad sectors in Disk Utility?

I have some bad sectors on my drive, but when I open disk utility using: gnome-disks It won't let me mark them, or do anything with the driver except benchmark it and format it! Please help, my ...
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formatting/partitioning: Ubuntu installer vs GParted vs gnome-disks utility

Ready to format/partition a 120GB SSD that has been securely erased by use of hdparm and install Ubuntu Studio 16.04 (currently running from a live USB). Should this be done via the Ubuntu installer ...
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How can I format or delete an SD card that is not being recognized?

I'm in a similar situation to the one d3vid was in. I'm trying to reformat my SD card because I believe that's what's making it so hard for my computer to recognize it. Gnome Disk Utility recognizes ...
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Error when trying to encrypt USB memory with gnome-disks

Ubuntu 15.10 + gnome-disks: First I quick-formatted the drive (tried both MBR and GPT). Then I setup EXT+LUKS partition for the whole 32 GB of space, but I immediately get this error dialog when ...
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How to automatically turn off hard drive when not used? [duplicate]

I have a noisy hard drive I rarely use and want to silent. I would like to put it in sleep mode after some time (20 sec) when it's not mounted on the system. The gnome-disks utility shows a "standby ...
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How to read /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old

I am getting Xorg freezes every 10 minutes on 15.10. Whereas I can read the last syslog as the current report is concatenated onto previous sessions, I cannot read /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old as there is ...
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newly formated disk is read only

I just reformatted a hard drive, with the ntfs file system, and its showing up as read only. How can I make it writeable? here is dmesg: ~$ dmesg | tail [49340.213245] sd 14:0:0:0: [sdb] No Caching ...
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Error whilst creating partition

Original error message in german Error wiping newly created partition /dev/sdc1: Command-line `wipefs -a "/dev/sdc1"' exited with non-zero exit status 1: wipefs: Fehler: /dev/sdc1: Initialisierung ...
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Capacity of pen drive shown is less than the actual

I have a 8 GB pendrive. I used to write raw data into the pendrive (without creating filesystem) using the dd command. Today, when I inserted the pen drive, the I am unable to write anything on to ...
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Read error rate is 20,000 times higher than the threshold?

So I've been attempting to fix a friend's HP laptop (model number unknown) for a few days ago. Hard drive errors. My usual idiot self decided that he wouldn't make SMART testing the first thing he'd ...
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Disks Utility Drive Settings – how does it work? (no documentation available)

The Disks Utility gnome-disk-utility 3.10.0 has a lot of neat functions, but I can not find a documentation, especially about the options at Drive Settings. There can be several like Standby Time, ...
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How do I open Disk Utility in Xfce?

On the back of How do I open the Disk Utility in Unity?, how do you access Disk Utility in other DEs like Xfce? And what exact packages need to be installed to access this functionality?
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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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How do I encrypt an external (USB) hard drive in 14.04? [duplicate]

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and I have a Western Digital external hard drive (Passport Ultra) mounted. I want to encrypt the entire drive. WD has Windows and Mac utilities available, but nothing for ...
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Discs unable to set manual mounting options in 14.04

I've done a fresh install of 14.04 after I seen that the online upgrade process from 13.10 left me with a lot of unsolvable bugs. The issue is that I cannot set manual mounting options from Discs on ...
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Failed to execute child process “palimpset” (No such file or directory)

I just started using Linux and Lubuntu. It's been several weeks of trial and error, with both breaking things and having to reload the OS several times. Specifically, I have Lubuntu running on a ...