Parted Magic

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Parted Magic
See caption.
Screenshot of Parted Magic in 2014
Developer Patrick Verner
Parted Magic LLC.
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Latest release 2016_07_12 / July 11, 2016; 6 days ago (2016-07-11)[1]
Available in English
Platforms IA-32, x86-64
Kernel type Linux (Monolithic)
Default user interface Openbox
Official website

Parted Magic is a commercial Linux distribution with disk partitioning and data recovery tools,[2] sold as a Linux-based bootable disk. The distribution's nomenclature is derived from the name of the software package GNU Parted.


The program is directly bootable from a CD, USB flash drive, or through a network using PXE on PC hardware, and does not require installation, or the presence of an installed operating system.[3]

Although originally designed for mechanical hard disk drives, Parted Magic is suitable for use also with solid state drives and can perform an ATA Secure Erase (a method to return a drive to its factory state that is built into the hard drive controller).

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.

The software's distribution includes local network and Internet support, and comes with the Firefox web browser.[4]

System requirements[edit]

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.[5] x86 versions from 2013_09_26 do not require the Physical Address Extension (PAE) computer processor feature.[6]


Up to version 2013.08.01 the distribution was freely available for download from the official website and the project page on SourceForge. The distribution moved to a pay-for-download business model to offset the costs associated with packaging a Linux distribution.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Changelog – Parted Magic". 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Shilliday, Barry. "Backup and Restore". Computeractive. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "frugal_install – Parted Magic". 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Parted Magic". Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "start – Parted Magic". Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  6. ^ "Changelog – Parted Magic". 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  7. ^ "Parted Magic is still free". Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Parted Magic starts charging for downloads". Retrieved 26 August 2013. 

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