GParted is a free and open source partitioning tool. It can run within a Linux environment or can be booted from a live CD. GParted supports multiple file systems and works great on servers in RAID configurations.
GParted is very useful when a technician needs to re-size a partition, re-format a drive (to a different file system), set the boot flag to a partition, and perform other useful features. Recently this program was used in a small business environment on two different servers in RAID 5 configurations. Both servers were running Windows Server 2003 and had a system partition (C: drive) size of only 12 GB.
Obviously this is too small for a system partition by current standards, and it was at the point where these servers could not download and install updates. One server had about 400GB of information stored on it with a couple hundred free. We were able to successfully boot into GParted and re-partition the drives on both of these servers without any problems (boosted the C: drive partition to around 40GB).
I have used GParted many times on workstations and I can’t remember a time when it has failed or I lost data. It’s a great tool that all technicians should have in their toolkit. It can be downloaded as an ISO and burned to a bootable standalone cd, and many times comes included on multi-application boot/rescue cd’s.
- Create partition tables (e.g., msdos, gpt)
- Perform actions with partitions such as:
- create or delete
- resize or move
- copy and paste
- Manipulate file systems such as:
- ext2 / ext3 / ext4
- fat16 / fat32
- hfs / hfs+
- reiserfs / reiser4
- Enable and disable partition flags (e.g., boot, hidden)
- Align partitions to mebibyte (MiB) or cylinder boundaries
- Attempt data rescue from lost partitions
- Supports hardware RAID, motherboard BIOS RAID, and Linux software RAID.
- Supports all sector sizes (e.g., 512, 1024, 2048, 4096 byte sectors)