Parted Magic 2015_01_13

The best LiveCD/USB tool for partitioning disk drives no matter what OS is installed

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What's new in Parted Magic 2015_01_13:

  • We reorganized the iso and removed a little over 40MB from the download without removing any features. We actually added a lot of stuff.
  • In the past a few people were getting hung up on “Setting up system devices”. We figured out what was going on. They had DVD drives hooked to ASMedia Sata3 ports. Parted Magic now boots with a DVD drive hooked to ASMedia ports. This hangup can be reproduced on almost any newer ASUS board. The problem was not wide spread because most people were not using the SATA3 port for a DVD drive. My wife and I both have ASUS boards and we never experienced these hang ups. It was frustrating, but I’m glad the problem is now solved.
  • In this version you’ll notice a set of lips in the panel. A few people requested some sort of speech program, but didn’t give many details of what they wanted. I hope this is what they were looking for.
  • You can now do a memtest from the EFI menu.
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Parted Magic is a commercial Linux-based operating system that allows users to effortlessly partition hard disk drives (HDD), solid disk drives (SSD) and USB flash drives.

Features at a glance

The distro allows users to format internal and external hard drives, move, copy, create, delete, expand and shrink hard drive partitions, clone hard drives, create full backups, test drives for impending failure, as well as to test memory for bad sectors.

With this operating system you can also benchmark your computer for a performance rating, securely erase your entire hard drive, wiping it clean from all data, and give access to non-booting systems allowing you to rescue important data.

Distributed as a dual-arch Live CD

It is distributed as a Live CD ISO image and powered by the GParted and GNU Parted tools. Command-line programs like partimage, testdisk, fdisk, sfdisk, and dd are also included. It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

Offers a complex boot menu

It provides a complex boot menu, from where users can run the entire operating system directly from RAM (system memory) ejecting the boot medium, change the system locale, as well as many other useful options.

The desktop environment and default apps

Even if it doesn’t provide users with a desktop computing environment, Parted Magic includes several popular open source applications, such as the Mozilla Firefox web browser, Audacious audio player, and Clam AntiVirus virus scanner.

Repair broken MBRs and bootloaders

It can be used to repair broken MBRs or bootloaders, encrypt file systems in user space, as well as to format HDDs or SSDs with various filesystems (it supports all the known Linux, Windows and Mac file systems).

Bottom line

Whether you want to format a hard disk drive, clone an entire drive, or wipe an entire disk, Parted Magic is the perfect tool. However, considering the fact that it is no longer free, you could try the GParted Live CD or Clonezilla Live CD Linux distributions.

Parted Magic was reviewed by , last updated on January 14th, 2015


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