install gparted on Ubuntu 8.10

Doug dmcgarrett at
Mon Sep 17 00:12:10 UTC 2012

On 09/16/2012 03:53 PM, lazer100 wrote:
> On 17-Sep-12 04:41:11 Doug wrote:
>> On 09/16/2012 02:50 PM, lazer100 wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I am unable to install gparted on Ubuntu 8.10,
>> /snip/
>>> how do I install this?
>>> thanx
>> You'll be better off downloading a live version of GParted or Partition
>> Magic and burning to
>> a CD.  You can't mess with the partitions on a disk on which you are
>> running an OS, so
>> if you burn a CD, you can do partitioning on any hard drive on the
>> system from there.
>> --doug
> I want to dabble with an external USB drive, I want to zero the drive using
> dd and /dev/zero,
> I need gparted to determine the device name of the drive, I'm in fact only
> going to use gparted in a read only way,
> is there any other way to determine the device name of the drive,
> something like /dev/sdb

If you have Dolphin, or whatever Ubuntu uses as an equivalent, it
may tell you what the partition name is, as you go and click on
each partition.  If not, after you have snapped on each partition,
noting what size it is for comparison with the next step, open
a terminal and type df -h.

You will get an output like this:

[doug at Linux1 ~]$ df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda9              12G  7.8G  3.7G  69% /
/dev/sda11            208G   14G  195G   7% /home
/dev/sda8              30G   66M   30G   1% /media/sda8
/dev/sda7             122G  2.0G  114G   2% /media/disk
/dev/sdb5              39G  188M   37G   1% /media/disk-1
/dev/sda6              25G  500M   23G   3% /media/disk-2
/dev/sda1              62G   17G   46G  27% /media/Windows
/dev/sdb1              59G   52M   56G   1% /media/disk-3
/dev/sdc1             3.8G  536M  3.3G  14% /media/disk-4

Now you can see what everything is, and what the /dev name is


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