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A graphical user interface for the parted CLI application that lets users to modify partitions on any operating system

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GParted is a free partition editor application that allows users to easily manage their disk partitions. It is also known as GNOME Partition Editor among experienced Linux users. Being backed by the libparted library, which manipulates and detects devices and partition tables, GParted is actually just a graphical user interface for the GNU Parted command-line program.

The application is successfully used in many Linux-based operating systems to partition hard disk drives, USB flash disks, as well as solid disk drives. You can use the app to create, delete, resize, move, check, label, copy, and paste partition tables without data loss, as well as to set new UUID (Universally Unique Identifier).

Supports a wide range of filesystems

On Linux, it supports filesystems like Btrfs, EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, SWAP, XFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4, NILFS2, F2FS, JFS, LVM2 (Logical Volume Manager) pv, and UFS (Unix File System).

Additionally, the application supports several Windows filesystems, such as FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT and NTFS, as well as the HFS and HFS+ filesystems of the Mac OS X operating systems.

The bad, the good and the truth

The bad part about this application is that, by default, it doesn’t support for all the aforementioned filesystems by default. Therefore, users will need to manually install various packages in order to use some of those file systems (btrfs-progs for Btrfs, exfat-utils for exFAT, f2fs-tools for F2FS, nilfs-utils for NILFS2, etc.).

The good thing about GParted is that it is the only one of its kind, and it does the job very well. We strongly recommend to use this application whenever you want to manipulate any type of disk drives.

In addition, the GParted LiveCD will help users to easily edit partition tables on machines were other operating systems are installed, such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X. The latest version of GParted can be usually installed from the default software repositories of many modern Linux distributions.

GParted was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on August 4th, 2015
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