MANAGING PARTITIONS

30. December 2008, 20:16 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

While most average computer users never have a need, or desire, to play with or otherwise manipulate the partitions on their hard drive(s), those enthusiast users and computer professionals often have a need to do so. A great free tool can make this a painless operation. That free tool is GParted.

GParted, or GNOME Partition Editor, is an open source package for creating, removing, resizing, checking, copying and otherwise manipulation hard disk partitions and the file systems they contain.

GParted is available both as a native Linux application and as a “Live” version onto a bootable Debian Linux CD. Once downloaded from the project web site ( http://www.gparted.org ) the ISO CD image can be burned to a disc and used to boot into the Gparted application. The site also contains instructions and downlaods to create a bootable USB drive version of the Live CD.

Once booted, the live GParted application automatically detects drive subsystems and filesystems and displays the information via a graphical interface. From here one can create, delete, move, resize and configure partitions and filesystems, mark partitions as bootable or set flags for such states as Hidden, RAID or LVM.

The instructions for using Gparted are pretty straightforward but shoukld you require it, the web site provides walk throughs. If you need an easy to use, and robust, partition management solution GParted can handle most tasks with aplomb.

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Keywords: Gparted,Linux,Windows,partitions

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