Partition Magic!

Jun 17th, 2010No Comments

Once upon a time the recommended method for installing Linux onto a machine that already had Windows on it was to purchase a commercial product called Partition Magic which would allow you to safely resize your Windows partition to make space for a new / additional Linux partition. These days there are things ‘built into’ the likes of Ubuntu to assist with this, but there are still times when you want to take a closer look at your disk, not least when your disk fails and you need to see what’s still there.

Parted Magic

Enter a bootable Live CD Linux distribution which only has one thing in mind – your hard disk.

The Parted Magic OS employs core programs of GParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease, while featuring other useful programs (e.g. Clonezilla, Partimage, TestDisk, Truecrypt, G4L, SuperGrubDisk, ddrescue, etc…) and an excellent set of documentation to benefit the user. An extensive collection of file system tools are also included, as Parted Magic supports the following: ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, ntfs, reiserfs, reiser4, and xfs.

Parted Magic requires at least a i586 processor and 256MB of RAM to operate or 128MB in “Live” mode.


  • Format internal and external hard drives.
  • Move, copy, create, delete, expand & shrink hard drive partitions.
  • Clone your hard drive, to create a full backup.
  • Test hard drives for impending failure.
  • Test memory for bad sectors.
  • Benchmark your computer for a performace rating.
  • Securely erase your entire hard drive, wiping it clean from all data.
  • Gives access to non-booting systems allowing you to rescue important data.
  • Runs from the CD, no install required.

More detailed from the Parted Website here.

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