Use GParted to Create, Delete, Copy or Resize Partitions

Looking for a good partition manager for your computer? One of the best programs out there is GParted. It’s open-source and supports just about every file system out there including FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, HFS, UFS, XFS, and more.

Basically, your hard drive is divided into one or more segments called partitions. Usually, once you create a partition, it’s not resizable. GParted is a program you can use to make changes to the partitions on your hard disk, such as deleting a partition, resizing a partition, or copying and partition.

It does all of this without deleting any of your data. You can also use it to enable or disable partition flags such as boot and hidden. GParted is written in Linux, but can be used to manage Windows partitions by booting from a Live CD.

Simply download the ISO file and burn it to a CD. You can read my previous post on how to burn an ISO file to CD. If you have a Mac, you can read my post on burning an ISO file using OS X.

free partition manager

Once you boot to GParted, you’ll get a similar screen to what is shown above. This is the main screen that gives you information about each of the partitions currently on the hard drive. You can quickly see the file system, size, and any flags, such as the boot partition.

You can right-click on any partition and click Information to get more details about that partition.

gparted partition manager

To resize a partition, right-click and choose Resize/Move.

resize partition

The resize partition dialog will pop up and here you can choose the new size for the partition. You can also drag the slider to adjust the size of the partition.

resize windows partition

You can also create a partition easily and choose the file system and whether you want it as the Primary Partition or not.

create new partition

Like I said before, GParted supports many file systems and many actions. However, it cannot perform every action on every file system, so here’s a quick breakdown of the features.

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Overall, it’s one of the best programs ever created and I would highly recommend it for any IT Administrators! It makes managing partitions a walk in the park! Enjoy!

Comments [3]

  1. GParted–well, most folks are going to wipe their drive using it. Why not stay with Easeus–and if one watches the right sites, Paragon has a great Partition Manager for free.

  2. Hi@all,

    just a little warning about resizing NTFS partitions using the latest version of gparted. It has a little bug where the partition size is not shown correctly. I resized one of my partitions a few days ago to 60GB. In Windows 7 this partition was shown as 56GB unformatted!!!

    After saving all data to an external drive using a recovery tool, I expanded the volume to 60GB using Windows Disk Management Utility and the partition auto-magically reappeared as valid. But that only worked because I hadn't resized the partition behind it, so there was still enough free space.

    Also the gparted Live-CD project currently suggests using an older version since those do work without problems. See http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php

    Just in case someone already ran into such problem ;)

  3. I've been looking for a free partition manager for a while. I was considering buying a few commerical apps, but GParted looks like the perfect program! Hats off to you!

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