Can't take ownership of a new drive

Asked by AraiBob

I recently upgraded from 12.04 to 12.10. Yesterday I added a new USB drive. I installed GParted which did its part. Then I went looking for DiskManager and found it is not installed. Disk is installed, but does not allow me to 'take ownership' of the drive.

SO, the situation is the drive has been prepped and formated in GParted, but I cannot put any data onto it. e.g. Only 'root' can do anything to the drive. It is intended to be another backup drive, but I cannot start such a process.

Ubuntu 12.04 had DiskManager, which allowed me to do things, including 'take ownership'.

Ubunto 12.10 does NOT have DiskManager, NOR can I install it.

Disk is a severely incomplete tool, by comparison.

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This question was originally filed as bug #1083119.

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Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) said :

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We understand the difficulties you are facing, but it is better to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at if you are uncertain if they are bugs. You can also find help posting your problem in the support forum of your local Ubuntu's community or asking at For help on reporting bugs, see

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Warren Hill (warren-hill) said :

is this drive internal or external?

If external then with the drive unplugged open a terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and enter the following command

whoami; sudo fdisk -l; mount | grep ^'/dev'

When asked enter your password, there is no feedback but it is being accepted just type and press enter.
Plug the drive in wait 10 seconds or so for the drive to be seen then enter these commands

sudo fdisk -l; mount | grep ^'/dev'

Copy and paste all results back here

This will tell us what the drive is formatted as and if it is being mounted. If the drive is internal just run the first command:
You may need to tell us which drive is the new one. With an external drive it will be obvious as it will be in the second output but not the first

The most likely cause of problem is that the drive or certain folders on it are not owned by you. With the information you supply we should be able to give you the command to take ownership.

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Warren Hill (warren-hill) said :

Please close as you are asking the same question here

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AraiBob (rhhyatt) said :

I did searches and did not find an existing match to my query. I ended up making two entries to get a non-cli fix (as was with DiskManager). I will close this one as the other, more recent, explains the situation better.