Parted Magic LiveUSB

Parted Magic LiveUSB


Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 7 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3
File Size:
43.78MB
Date Added:
October 02, 2008
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
74,322
Downloads Last Week:
56
Additional Requirements:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

Editors' review

This robust and useful freeware suite will help you create a bootable USB drive containing Linux and tools to manipulate your hard drive. To properly build the bootable USB drive you'll have to surf to the publisher's Web site for the detailed instructions. When you're finished, you'll have an OS with more hard-drive-related functions and utilities than you can shake an USB stick at.

This is one of the better packages of OS and functions to manipulate hard drives. Booting into the Linux OS offers numerous commands and more functions than we could list here. From formatting to rebuilding hard drives, you'll find very useful executables written for Linux. It's too bad that listings and instructions are almost nonexistent without going to the publisher's Web site. Many small functions are easy to use, but improperly set actions could result in damage to your file structure.

Before going to the trouble of building the bootable USB, we recommend taking the time to upgrade to Parted Magic version 2.2, which is also freeware. Parted Magic 2.0 uses VisParted and Parted as core drive manipulation tools. Version 2.2 includes the more popular Gparted, a robust tool with the ability to change drive partitions without losing data. Of course, you should still back up data before using either version.

Parted Magic LiveCD is a powerful, efficient OS with tools for expert users who needs to manipulate their hard drives.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.4

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current Version:

    3.5

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1 stars

    "It could not do what I needed."

    November 11, 2012

    Version: Parted Magic LiveUSB 3

    Pros

    Booted smoothly.

    Cons

    It could not find or identify the drive I needed to fix.

    Summary

    Tried to repair a drive boot sector for Windows which had previously been used for Linux, but Parted Magic could not find or see the drive I needed to repair.

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  • 4 stars

    "Works as described"

    September 20, 2010   |   By zextron

    Version: Parted Magic LiveUSB 3

    Pros

    Lots of tools to manage partitions

    Cons

    did not find any

    Summary

    Very usefull for partition management.

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  • 5 stars

    "Elegant easy to burn ISO Simple to use"

    December 07, 2009   |   By dsurp68

    Version: Parted Magic LiveUSB 3

    Pros

    ** I used only to get into a damaged HD - not full use **

    Download zip - extract ISO - Burn CD
    Intuitive to use for intermediate experienced users
    Does not require Linux command knowledge

    Cons

    Ease of use can cause damage

    Summary

    Go to www.partedmagic.com first for documentation - Parted Magics best features are its biggest danger.

    This SW tool is now part of my Toolkit!

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  • 4 stars

    "Great (now at 3.1) when it works"

    November 14, 2008   |   By jljacobi

    Version: Parted Magic LiveUSB 3

    Pros

    It boots quickly, boots into Memtest x86 if you so desire, and leverages the Gnome Partition Editor to do it's work. Firefox and a couple of file browsers are also present.

    Cons

    I've had occasions when it didn't recognize the drive controllers, rendering it useless for partitioning.

    Summary

    Great little distro when it works. With a better array of drivers, I'd throw away Disk Director.

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