[xubuntu-users] Inquiry

dps tharealdps at gmail.com
Sat Jan 11 08:12:24 UTC 2020

I know that others have touched on this subject already, but the 
easiest way that I have found for someone who is knew to work with the 
disk drives and anything that can be mounted, like your USB drive, is 
by using the software "gnome disks". You can install it by running sudo 
apt install gnome-disk-utility in your terminal, and it will show up in 
you menu. Just select the USB drive from the list on the left, and then 
click the hamburger menu at the top right and it will give you a drop 
down list of a few different things, one in particular is the "format 
  I know that gparted is a great tool, but you can do just about 
everything that you can do in it, inside of the more "user friendly" 
disks utility. I have been using it for a long time now, and haven't 
ever had the need to use gparted over disks, except for in situations 
that "disks" isn't available.


On Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 6:04 pm, Victor Forberger 
<vforberger at fastmail.fm> wrote:
> On 1/10/20 5:47 PM, Spackman, Chris wrote:
>>  On 2020/01/08 at 03:47am, John wrote:
>>>  I can't find the format option when I right click the USB drive.
>>>  Eventually,I can't format the drive.
>>>  I also can't rename the USB drive.
>>  Disclaimer: I'm not in front of my Xubuntu box right now, so I'm 
>> going
>>  from memory.
>>  I would suggest installing GParted and using that. There might be a 
>> more
>>  new-user friendly method, though, so if you install and open 
>> GParted and
>>  get intimidated, maybe wait for a better answer. Please be careful -
>>  used carelessly, gparted can reformat your main drive, which would
>>  probably ruin your day.
>>  That said, GParted is pretty easy to use. Select the usb drive from 
>> the
>>  drop down menu at the top right. Right click on the area showing the
>>  drive space / partitions. Choose "format to" and then the file 
>> system
>>  type that you want. Usual choices are vfat (fat32 I think it is 
>> called?)
>>  if you plan to use the usb drive on other, non-Linux, computers 
>> (such as
>>  MS Windows or Apple Macs). If it is just for use on Linux, ext3 or 
>> ext4
>>  are good choices.
>>  To give the usb stick a name, use the "Label" or "Name" fields when 
>> you
>>  format it (I honestly forget which one it is - Label, I think, but 
>> not
>>  sure.)
>>  For most straight-forward stuff like reformatting, GParted doesn't 
>> do
>>  anything until you tell it to. So, for example, if you have selected
>>  "Format to => fat32" and added a label, it won't actually do 
>> anything
>>  until you go to "Edit => Apply All Actions". Then, it will do it. 
>> Until
>>  you do that, you can cancel / undo and redo all you like until you 
>> get
>>  everything like you want. After you click "Apply All Actions", you
>>  cannot undo.
>>  But, like I said, please be careful. Double and triple check that 
>> you
>>  have chosen the correct drive before you apply any changes. Read any
>>  messages that GParted gives you very carefully and don't click 
>> anything
>>  if you don't understand what it is telling you.
> As noted above, gparted is the answer. Volume info and formatting 
> cannot
> be done from the desktop.
> You may need to install additional drivers/libraries depending on your
> usb stick. Gparted will prompt you about the missing 
> drivers/libraries.
> For more info, see the help section on formatting a drive at
> <https://docs.xubuntu.org/1804/user/C/hardware-devices.html#disks-partitions>.
> - Victor
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