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Timeshift won't use zfs_member - how to change?

Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:17 pm
by garyc57

I installed Linux Mint 19 Tara on an old 2TB hard drive I had, and I'm trying to get Timeshift to run. However, it won't recognize the hard drive because the drive came from a NAS4Free server running ZFS. Timeshift sees the drive type as "zfs_member", and says "Selected device does not have Linux partition".

So my question: how do I reformat? change the partition type? whatever? to get Timeshift to work?


Re: Timeshift won't use zfs_member - how to change?

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:09 am
by tgwilt
you might try gparted, a GUI partition tool. i have had the occasional issue with gparted not working, and have downloaded the iso image of Hiren's Boot Disk, which contains gparted. Using Hiren's, I boot the CD, then navigate through the menus to get to gparted, and launch it. For me, it seems to work better this way then trying to run it from the mint installation. You have to be careful and know which disk you want to fix.

Another program is the gnome disk tool, abbreviated as Disks. It has the ability to change the partition type and format it to ext (and all of the itertations), plus a lot of other disk types.

Here is a site that may help ... e-in-linux