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Manage Your Hard Disk Volumes And External Drives In Ubuntu Linux With Gnome Disk Utility

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.

Disk utility

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.

Raid Array

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.

Peripheral Devices

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.

Connect To Server

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.

Download Gnome Disk Utility


  1. accessing network shares doesnt seem to work for me – the double backslashes are incorrect. Using the ip address or the fqdn name works up to a point and then fails. The point of failure seems to be as soon as you enter the password for the share and hit enter you get an error Warning: remote port forwarding failed for listen port 0. Why is is attempting port forwarding? And the only type of connection it can make is an ssh connection.

  2. Hello,

    There anybody who check old Scsi HDD, and benchmark them? I get nothing from Disk Utility benchmark but  was possible format and write/read disk

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