Gnome Disk Utility is an application that allows users to manage hard drive and media devices on their Linux system. Disk utility can be used to mount, unmount, format entire volumes and even to create Raid arrays. It also provides the option to configure media devices and hard disks by connecting remotely to computers.
You can use this application to view details regarding your attached media devices such as CD/DVD Drive, SCSI Host Adapters, Peripheral Devices, etc. This allows you to see accurate information regarding your computer hardware before making any configuration changes to them.
Gnome Disk Utility can be used to mount, unmount, create, format and delete hard disk volumes. You can also check the file system that you are using for your partitions and change the partition type. All these tasks can be performed via a simple GUI (Graphical User Interface). To make changes to a hard disk, simply select one from the left sidebar.
To create a Raid Array, go to the File drop down menu and select Create Raid Array. There are options to create Raid 0,Rraid 1, Raid 5 or Raid 6 provided you have the appropriate hardware.
To manage any peripheral device simply click on the device name, this will display the available options that you can work with in order to make configuration changes or to run the device.
In order to remotely manage a device, go to Connect To Server from the File drop down menu and enter a host name that you wish to connect to. Remote management of system devices can be quite convenient for making changes to servers remotely.
Gnome Disk Utility can be quite useful for general and remote management of connectible media devices and hard drives on Linux based operating systems. It was tested on Ubuntu 10.10.