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Monday, September 14, 2009

LiveCD with the tools for working with partitions and many more

Parted Magic 4.5 RC1 is a platform independent solution for formatting disks, which could easily have done everyone. It is a LiveCD distribution that could run both the CD, and from USB. Parted Magic works with 16 filesystems (AUFS, Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, FAT16, FAT32, HFS, HFS +, JFS, LinuxSwap, NTFS, OCFS2, ReiserFS, Reiser4, XFS and ZFS) without problems partitsiite convert from one to another without data loss. Another advantage of the program is full support for Windows Vista, so users with the latest Microsoft operating system will need to seek something different to manage disk partitions. The tool supports all standard operations with units such as resizing or moving them, check them for bad sectors and errors, formats them into a user specified file system, etc. Parted Magic comes with many more useful applications: a tool to recover lost data, archive, software for recording disks, mount manager, text editor and many others.

And all accompanied by a graphical environment friendly and easy to use, despite being only in English.

Parted Magic 4.5 RC1 also includes Web and FTP browser, text editor, calculator, and even a small utility to create a USB to boot from Parted Magic.

The full list of available tools by category you can see here.

Partition programs:

cfdisk curses-based disk partition table manipulator
fdisk partition table manipulator
gdisk text-mode partitioning tool that works on GPT disks
gpart guess PC-type hard disk partitions
GParted partition editor that uses libparted
parted partition manipulation program
sfdisk partition table manipulator

Filesystem Tools:

btrfs btrfs is a new copy on write filesystem for Linux
curlftpfs filesystem for accessing FTP hosts based on FUSE and libcurl
diskdev_cmds OSX-ported, HFS+ utilities supplying mkfs and fsck
dosfstools utilities to create and check MS-DOS FAT filesystems
e2fsprogs ext2 filesystem utilities and libraries
fsarchiver save contents of a file-system to a compressed archive file
FUSE filesystem in userspace
hfsplus set of tools to access HFS+ filesystems
ntfs-3g third generation NTFS driver
ntfsprogs tools for doing neat things with NTFS
reiser4progs administration utilities for Reiser4 filesystems
reiserfsprogs user-level tools for ReiserFS filesystems
sshfs filesystem client based on ssh
utilities for managing XFS filesystems

Booting Loader Tools:

grub GRand Unified Bootloader
install-mbr installs and configures a Master Boot Record manager
lilo LInux LOader
ms-sys used to create Microsoft compatible boot records
syslinux bootloaders for FAT, bootable "El Torito", and ext{2,3} filesystems
hdt (Hardware Detection Tool, Syslinux com32 hardware analyzer module)

X Utilities:

Conky lightweight system monitor
Firefox webrowser
FireFTP secure, cross-platform FTP client for Firefox
galculator GTK+ scientific calculator
GPicView GTK+ image viewer
gtk-lshw GTK+ front-end for lshw
GSmartControl HDD health inspection tool (GUI for smartctl)
ISO Master GUI CD image editor
hardinfo system profiler and benchmark
front end for pmount
Leafpad GTK+ based simple text editor
PCMan file manager
ROXTerm terminal emulator with tabs and multiple windows
TrueCrypt software system for on-the-fly-encrypted volumes
XChat IRC chat program
Xarchiver GTK+2 only frontend to various command line archivers
Xfburn CD burning GUI

Console Utilities:

bzip2 (replaced by pigz)
bzip2recover recover data from damaged bz2 files
utility to (re)set passwords of local accounts on Windows systems
partitioning and disk cloning utility similar to Symantec Ghost
cURL tool for transferring files with URL syntax
dcfldd enhanced version of GNU dd
dc3dd patched version of GNU dd
dd convert and copy a file
ddrescue does not abort on errors on the input file
device-mapper kernel component that supports LVM
di disk information utility
diff compares two files, showing differences line by line
disktype detect content format of disk or disk image
dmidecode reports information about your system's hardware
dmraid discover and activate software (ATA)RAID
DRBL Diskless Remote Boot in Linux
ext3grep tool to help recover deleted files on ext3 file systems
file determine file type
gzip (replaced by pigz)
hdparm get/set ATA/SATA drive parameters
hexedit view and edit files in hexadecimal
lftp command-line file transfer program
lshw Hardware Lister
lspci lists PCI buses and devices in the system
lsscsi lists information about SCSI devices
lsusb lists USB devices
mdadm manage MD devices, aka Linux Software Raid
Midnight Commander file manager
multipath-tools used to drive the Device Mapper multipathing driver
myrescue rescue still-readable data from a damaged harddisk
nano editor aimed to replace Pico
openSSH encrypt sessions using the SSH protocol
openSSL open source implementation of the SSL and TLS protocols
a project similar to the well-known backup utility
partimage utility which saves partitions to an image file
PhotoRec digital photo recovery
parallel implementation of gzip that exploits multiple processors & cores
pmount permits removable device mounting without matching /etc/fstab entry
pv monitors the progress of data through a pipeline
rsync fast incremental file transfer
safecopy data recovery tool
sdparm outputs and modifies SCSI device parameters
shred securely delete a file
smartctl control and monitor utility for SMART disks
TestDisk partition scanner and disk recovery tool
remote control software package for connecting to a vnc server
UDPcast transfer tool that can multicast data on a LAN
unarj program used to uncompress .arj format archives
wpa_supplicant implementation of an IEEE 802.11i supplicant
wipe secure file wiping utility

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