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A tool for dividing partitions

If you ever had a problem dividing partitions and working with file systems on your Linux OS, we have a cure for you. It is called GParted Partition Editor, and in the case you have installed some GNOME distribution, it is likely that you have encountered it.
 
GParted Partition Editor is based on libparted libraries for detecting and manipulating partitions and file systems. Although it is a very simple partition editor that was made in 2004., today it comes as a standard tool for manipulating partitions in GNOME distributions.
 
As every big project, GParted Partition Editor is ported on other operating systems too. So next to Linux you can find it on Windows, as well as Mac OS X operating systems.
 
The installation of the GParted Partition Editor in Debian distributions is based on a simple calling command:
 
sudo apt-get install gparted
 
If in any case you are using some other package manager, for a successful installation you need to just replace the apt-get with the name of your installer, or packet manager.
 
GParted partition editorThe welcoming in the GParted Partition Manager will be presented simply, but beautifully GTK based user interface. In the top part of the application is a graphic display with the basic information about partitions, while in the center you have a slightly more detailed display. By turning on the window Device Information from the menu View you can get more detailed information about your hard drive.
 
As we said in the beginning, it is a very simple but powerful tool for working with file systems. As every other, next to the standard possibilities like adding and deleting, it offers checking, copying and renaming the partitions. In the case that you have only one OS installed, the option that could be very useful and also set it apart from other competitors is the possibility to be used from boot. That means that the GParted Partition Editor is saved on a LiveCD or USB and started from boot from where you will be able to do changes on desired partitions. Technically, this possibility places in some sort of distribution version.
 
GParted Partition Manager, next to Fat and NTFS file systems, offers work with the famous ext2/ext3/ext4, swap, ufx, xfs and many more. That will be enough to satisfy your every need for a new partition, or file system.
 
In the case that you have a need to install a new OS or you simply want to make more partitions to organize your existing one, our recommendation goes to the small, but powerful GParted Partition Editor. With a size of only 1.9 MB, it will surely solve every problem you have. It's free and you can download it here.

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