Applications for external hard drives

Good morning, I wanted to know which applications to install to be able to control external USB hard drives, I’m formatting old hard drives in ext4 and I wanted to know the state of shape of the aforementioned thank you.

I’m not sure if I understood correctly what you actually want to achieve, but I’ll guesswork a little. You don’t really need to install specific “additional” software, unless you are aiming at doing something “out of the ordinary”: Linux is a powerhouse on its own.

Wanna check badblocks?

sudo badblocks -v /dev/sda10 > badsectors.txt

Wanna check SMART feedback from disks?

sudo smartctl -H /dev/sda10

If you need to do advanced partitioning/disk management, go play with GParted.


If you want to format and/or partition… as LDC mentioned, Gparted is really good. As I’m on KDE, I use KDE Partition Manager.

thanks for the replies, I just wanted to check a hard disk, I think there are some corrupted parts and I wanted a software capable of showing me if there are corrupted parts or maybe repairing them.

You could use the mentioned Gparted to run a filesystem check on a partition.

Note that the partition needs to be unmounted.

Double tap or right-click on a partition. From the pop up menu choose Check and then apply the operation on the toolbar.

See the details for the operation in the windows which now pops up.