By default Ubuntu comes with a disk manager (a GUI) of its own that lets you do some basic tasks such as mounting and un-mounting file systems, perform some basic benchmarks, formatting etc.
But it won’t let us access other “advanced” & useful configuration settings such as mounting file systems read-only, add advanced permissions etc. In that case if you’re looking for an all purpose storage device manager (that supports all sorts of devices SCSI, IDE, USB etc) then “PySDM” is the one to call out for ;-).
*. Add advanced permissions to partitions (doesn’t matter the file system as long as it’s supported by your GNU/Linux distro).
*. Mount and un-mount file systems (ext2/ext3/fat/NTFS etc). Although Ext4 is not supported which is its drawback.
*. Easily make your file systems such as NTFS read only.
*. Tweak file systems for enhanced performance (if you don’t know much about it then it’s better to ignore those features).
*. Add/Remove partitions to the list.
*. Make file systems mounted automatically at boot … are just a few to mention.
You can install pysdm in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below command in your Terminal window.
sudo apt-get install pysdm
Remember by default Ubuntu does not mount file systems such as (NTFS, FAT) automatically at system start-up. So you can use this tool to make that happen. But if you do so, it could slow down the desktop loading time (just a little) which is the reason it’s disabled by default, I think.
After installing you’ll have to run it with administrative privileges to change settings. For that use the below command in your Terminal.
Other than the fact that it doesn’t support Ext4 right now, then PySDM is a pretty useful utility.