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HELP: Disk Manager


Installed by default, Disk Manager (DM)is a simple file system GUI configuration tool that allows you to:

  • Automatically detect new partitions at startup
  • Fully manage configuration of file system
  • Enable/disable write support for NTFS

The tool has been out of development since 2011, but MX Linux has taken over the project with permission from the original developer because it remains a handy way to manage disks without writing directly to the file (/etc/fstab).

General caution

Because DM writes directly to a critical system configuration file, make sure all the right boxes are checked and all the right settings are applied before you exit. If you have questions about how to proceed, post over on the MX Forum.

DM is intended for use on local partitions only. If you have remote partitions listed in fstab, they will be ignored or possibly even destroyed, so check fstab before rebooting.

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Menu bar

  • File
    • Save: saves the current settings.
    • History: opens a full history dialog box with 3 buttons:
  • Empty the log
    • View config: views /etc/fstab for the selected item
    • Apply: writes the selected settings to /etc/fstab
  • Edit
    • Undo: reverse the operation(s) since the previous save
  • Help
  • Help Docs
  • About: version details

Main window

  • Check/uncheck the box of a highlighted partition to mount/unmount
  • For mounted ntfs partitions, click on the driver name to get a handy pull-down menu of alternate possibilities.

Bottom buttons

  • Edit: the mount point can be changed and mount options added or edited.
    • Driver: the driver for a partition can be changed (shows for ntfs only)
    • Mount point: can be altered
    • Options: can be added or edited
    • You can also choose to have the device checked every n (e.g., 100) times it boots
  • Mount/Unmount: the mount status of a partition can be changed by highlighting it and clicking this button. Will be grayed out for partition currently being used.
  • Information: highlight a partition and click this for details of the Drive, Volume & Size. The Back & Forward buttons on the Information display allow you to scroll through the partitions. Only total size will be shown for unmounted partitions.

Known issue

On some machines for unknown reasons, DM uses: ntfs (unknown driver) for ntfs partitions, which is read-only. To change to read/write, take the following steps:

  • Highlight the partition
  • Click the Edit button at the bottom
  • Change the Driver to: ntfs-3g (Read-write driver)
  • Save

v. 20191113

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