Parted Magic 2.1

Parted Magic is a Linux LiveCD/USB/PXE with its elemental purpose being to partition hard drives.

Optimized at approximately 40MB, the Parted Magic OS employs core programs of VisParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease, while featuring other useful programs (e.g. Partition Image, TestDisk, fdisk, sfdisk, dd, ddrescue, etc.) and an excellent set of documentation to benefit the user. An extensive collection of fileystem 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.

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I don't want any magic involved when I am repartitioning my disks, GNU's partition editor is great.

Has anyone tried this yet? I currently use gparted for all of my partitioning needs but if this works better I might try it.

Well, parted is the same underlying program used by gparted (and qtparted), so you can be confident with that. I've never heard of this Visparted before though... Vista nomenclature...?

Anyhoo, I don't know if the gparted live-distro has this many other handy tools included... I certainly intend to do a full feature-comparison.

(strekship said @ #2)
Has anyone tried this yet? I currently use gparted for all of my partitioning needs but if this works better I might try it.

Yeah, I've been using GParted for my partitioning needs. I'll try this one out tho.

Ummm... "parted" It works on Windows partitions just fine. And it is probably safer to make partition and filesystem changes while the filesystems aren't mounted and in-use by Windows.

Other than that, I hear Vista's partition management tools are much improved over XPs, and even allow resizing of partitions natively without need of any 3rd party tools.

Yea, I meant as an in-Windows app. I know Vista's is a lot more useful now over XP, but I could use something for within XP as well.

Why would you want to do that from within windows? It is normally much better to partition drives while they are not in use.

(strekship said @ #1.3)
Why would you want to do that from within windows? It is normally much better to partition drives while they are not in use.

i strongly agree! ... partitioning in windows is a bad idea... you need to do it from a boot cd etc (aka not from windows lol)

(strekship said @ #1.3)
Why would you want to do that from within windows? It is normally much better to partition drives while they are not in use.

FWIW. Partition Magic (years ago when I last used it anyway) doesn't do its thing from "within Windows". You program the tasks you want done within Windows, then it reboots and does its stuff before Windows loads. I assumed this meant it either had its own boot code, or implemented a driver that unmounted (or prevented mounting of) the system drive(s).

...Well, OK, in those days I didn't read that much into the matter, but when you think about it, what partitioner would try to work on a disk that was busy serving up its underlying OS? It just wouldn't work.

Obviously it wouldn't Partition from within Windows since the drive is most likely in use. It just creates a task that upon rebooting will perform the partitioning jobs. It's just easier to see and manage the partitions from within Windows.

(magik said @ #1.6)
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It's just easier to see and manage the partitions from within Windows.
Is it, really?
(click to zoom)
Doesn't seem complex to me.