• How to gain authorization to perform a action?


    How do I gain authorization to perform a action in Gnome Disk Utility? I seem to cannot figure this out. I would greatly appreciate it!

  • How do I gain authorization to perform a action in Gnome Disk Utility? I seem to cannot figure this out. I would greatly appreciate it!

  • hi. What specific action are you trying to perform? All I see is something about write cache settings.
    have you tried to [i:143bdex1]su[/i:143bdex1] your action via Terminal?

  • @“Modisc”:2n9yjsy7 said:

    hi. What specific action are you trying to perform? All I see is something about write cache settings.
    have you tried to [i:2n9yjsy7]su[/i:2n9yjsy7] your action via Terminal?[/quote:2n9yjsy7]
    I am trying to write cache my hard drive but I don’t know how to use the terminal to do this. How can I do this with the terminal to be able to do this?

  • Have you done a performance test first?
    Are you sure it isn’t already enabled?
    Is your Hard drive an IDE based drive?
    To do a performance test, you use the utility [i:1eu0yy1n]hdparm[/i:1eu0yy1n]

    sudo pacman -S hdparm
    

    It’s wiki page and usage is here:

    [url:1eu0yy1n]https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Hdparm#Usage[/url:1eu0yy1n]

    If going to use this utility, be careful as it can do some nasty stuff to your hard drive. Also, might you be aware that by enabling write caching,a file system corruption and/or data loss could occur if your machine experiences a power, a device or a system failure and cannot be shutdown properly. So be careful.
    Use that utility first to find stuff out about your hardware.

  • Thank you for the tip and I also have all my important files backed up just in case something goes wrong. I am well aware of the data loss possibilities if my the system experiences a sudden power outage but that shouldn’t be a problem since I’m running Antergos on a laptop and the battery would save me

  • no problem. If any questions on usage, don’t hesitate to ask. If you want the help file on [i:2mh0hwkt]hdparm[/i:2mh0hwkt], do

    hdparm --help
    

    It’s usage parameters are:

    Usage: hdparm [options] [device ...]
    

    So if your not familiar with the paramater set up as given in the help file for the tool, it would be something like this:

    sudo hdparm -B /dev/sdX
    

    or

    sudo hdparm -I /dev/sda
    

    Use this last command to [u:2mh0hwkt]begin with[/u:2mh0hwkt] on getting info of your HDD.
    You can tell if write caching is enabled if there is a * next to Write cache. Look under the following after you’ve input that last command on getting info on your hard drive:

    Commands/features:  
    Enabled Supported:
    
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