||A major contributor to this article appears to have a close connection with its subject. (October 2013)|
|Company / developer||Patrick Verner|
|Source model||Free Software|
|Latest release||2014_01_04 / January 4, 2014|
|Supported platforms||IA-32, x86-64|
|Kernel type||Linux (Monolithic)|
|Default user interface||Openbox 3.5.2|
Although originally designed for mechanical hard disk drives, Parted Magic is suitable for use also with solid state drives and can perform a secure erase (a method to return a drive to its factory state). Corsair, a major SSD manufacturer, recommends its use as "the most common and user-friendly tool" for performing a secure erase on its drives. OCZ have also published a guide on the use of Parted Magic on its SSDs.
Parted Magic supports reading and writing to a variety of modern file systems, including ext3, ext4, FAT, exFAT, and NTFS, and as such is able to access disk drives formatted for use under Microsoft Windows and GNU/Linux systems.
Parted Magic has received positive reviews from mainstream technical magazines and websites, PC World noting in particular ability to recover data from multiple operating systems and (at that time) its free cost, "About the only other thing I can say about Parted Magic, besides that it's a must-download for your toolkit, is that it's free".
As of version 11.11.11, Parted Magic supports Intel x86 and x86-64 processors natively, and requires a computer with at least an i586 Intel-compatible processor and 175MB of RAM. x86 versions from 2013_09_26 do not require the Physical Address Extension (PAE) computer processor feature.
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