GNOME Disks – view, modify and configure disks and media

GNOME Disks or simply, Disks, is the disk utility in GNOME. It provides a way to inspect, format, partition and configure disks and block devices. Disks can be used for partition management, S.M.A.R.T. monitoring, benchmarking, and software RAID.

Disks was previously known as GNOME Disk Utility or palimpsest, as well as DeviceKit-disks. DeviceKit-disks is part of DeviceKit which was planned to replace certain aspects of HAL. HAL and DeviceKit have both been deprecated.

Disks has been included in several Linux distributions including Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise and CentOS.

Features include:

  • View local and removable storage devices.
  • View partitions and filesystems.
  • Format disks and media:
    • USB keys, card readers, flash media, disk drives.
    • Support encryption to keep data private (e.g. LUKS or others).
  • Modify disk partition layouts:
    • Create/delete filesystems and partitions.
    • Edit filesystems and partitions (resize, change label).
  • Disk images:
    • Create/restore disk images for disk/volumes.
    • Access disk image files (including ISO files).
  • Edit system configuration:
    • Activate specific devices at OS start-up (fstab/crypttab).
  • View hardware problems (SMART).
  • Tasks are executed in the background, even after the application has been closed by the user.

Developer: David Zeuthen with contributors
License: GNU GPL v2

GNOME Disks is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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