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Partition Editors in Ubuntu GNU / Linux

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Playing around with the filesystem partitions is a very risky job and needs great care, or else one could loose important data on the system. There are a variety of partition editors that come with your linux distribution. I will enumerate a few of them here. You could use one of them depending on your expertise and level of comfort with linux system. Some of the description is taken from the respective man pages as it is. This is to provide you a single point reference for the tools that you could use for partitioning.

  1. parted : parted is a disk partitioning and partition resizing program. It allows you to create, destroy, resize, move and copy ext2, ext3, linux-swap, FAT, FAT32, and reiserfs partitions. It can create, resize and move Macintosh HFS partitions, as well as detect jfs, ntfs, ufs, and xfs partitions. It is useful for creating space for new operating systems, reorganising disk usage, and copying data to new hard disks. Level of expertise : intermediate to advanced
  2. gparted : GNOME frontend for parted . This is a easy to use interactive graphical tool to manipulate partition tables. Ones who want to use a simple tools for playing around with the partitions should use this one. Level of expertise : intermediate
  3. fdisk : Fdisk is a interactive command line tool to manipulate partition table. This is a very powerful tool but needs advanced level of expertise. Be very careful while using it. Level of expertise : advanced
  4. sfdisk : Another command line utility to manipulate partition table. sfdisk has four (main) uses: list the size of a partition, list the partitions on a device, check the partitions on a device, and – very dangerous – repartition a device.Level of expertise : intermediate to advanced
  5. cfdisk: This is a curses based disk partition table manipulator for Linux.Level of expertise : intermediate to advanced
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