Using Linux you always will need to manage hard drives, removable media such as USB drives and SD cards, and more. Many Linux users have got dual-booting, where from Linux they will have to access their Windows hard-drives.

Well, it is important to know that you can do everything with Ubuntu’s Disk Utility, you can resize a partition, remove, create and much more.

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General Overview

You can launch the Disk utility from the Dash menu where you search from “disks” and you click on Disks.

Ubuntu DisksFrom here you will get general information about your drives, about the capacity. Also you can perform different actions from the menu on the top right corner.

In the bottom you will see information about the current selected partition. here you can add or remove partitions, as well as unmount partitions.

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Also if we click the button on the top right we have some disk actions we can do:

Ubuntu Disk Actions
Format Disk lets you to format the hard-disk. Usually you can use in case if your computer doesn’t recognize a partition. It will format it in the correct format so your Linux can read it.

You can choose between MBR and GPT, well MPR (Master Boot Record) is an old partition format, now new computers usually use GPT (GUID Partition Table), which eliminates the 2TB limitations for a partition.

You can also create images of your drive with Create/Restore Disk Image. Make sure to have enough space when you create an image.

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Partition Actions

Ubuntu Partition OptionsThere are a few additional options for the partitions. Under Edit Partition you can choose the type of partition. Also you can use Edit Filesystem to change the partition’s label/name.

Next you have Edit Mount Options, where you can choose with filesystem to mount during the bootup.

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Mounting ISOs

You can use Disk Utility to mount ISO images as drives. To do it, click on the Disks menu that appears when you hover your mouse over the panel at the very top and choose Attach Disk Image. Then choose the ISO image you want to mount.

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What’s your preferred way to manage your disks? Let us know in the comments!

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