I need to format a hard drive in Red Hat 6.4. When I use the graphical "Disk Utility" provided by Red Hat, it asks to authenticate using the root password. On this machine I am a sudoer and do not have the root password. Is there a way to run the disk utility as a sudoer?

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    How are you starting disk utility, through the GUI or from the terminal like: sudo system-config-lvm?
    – jesse_b
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 16:41
  • @Jesse_b I am just starting it from the "System" menu on the desktop Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 17:11
  • If you start it with sudo system-config-lvm does it still ask for the root password?
    – jesse_b
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 17:12
  • @Jesse_b system-config-lvm is not a recognized command. This is Red Hat 6.4 Commented Sep 9, 2017 at 1:53
  • Which disk utility are you using? The gnome utility or redhat's parted? I don't think I've ever used redhat with a gui outside of the class but I think it installs the gnome gui.
    – jesse_b
    Commented Sep 9, 2017 at 2:36

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The way I solved this was the following:

  1. Right click on the "Applications / System Tools / Disk Utility" menu choice

  2. Select "Add this launcher to desktop"

  3. Right click on the resulting desktop icon and pick "Properties"

  4. In the resulting properties dialog box it revealed the utility to be launched by the command "palimpsest"

  5. Open a terminal and type "sudo palimpsest"

This opened the disk utility with super user rights and I had no further problems.

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