Ubuntu – Formatting Hard Disk Drives

hard drive

I've just installed the OS on a SSD with no other hdd's connected. I've just attached an extra 5 HDD's which were previously running in a RAID volume on Windows. I want to wipe the hard drives and use Linux to RAID them. Can someone tell me how I can see these connected hard drives, and also how I can format them.

Best Answer

  • GUI solution:

    Use the gnome-disks utility. You start it by opening the Alt+F2-HUD and entering disks.

    In the left sidebar you see all available physical disks. Select the one you want to modify here.
    In the right part of the window, you'll see some general information about the selected disk and its partition structure. When you now click on the menu symbol in the top right corner, you may chose "Format..." to format the entire disk.

    {image: disks-window}

    You may chose whether to overwrite the disk with zeros and which partition table (msdos/MBR, GPT or none) to create before starting the procedure.

    {image: disks, format disk-dialogue}

    I guess I don't have to mention that afterwards all data on your disk has vanished forever.

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