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1.1 Overview of GNU Parted

GNU Parted is a program for creating and manipulating partition tables.

This documentation is written with the assumption that the reader has some understanding of partitioning and file systems.

GNU Parted was designed to minimize the chance of data loss. For example, it was designed to avoid data loss during interruptions (like power failure) and performs many safety checks. However, there could be bugs in GNU Parted, so you should back up your important files before running Parted.

The GNU Parted homepage is The library and frontend themselves can be downloaded from You can also find a listing of mailing lists, notes for contributing and more useful information on the web site.

Please send bug reports to When sending bug reports, please include the version of GNU Parted. Please include the output from these commands (for disk /dev/hda):

# parted /dev/hda print unit s print unit chs print

Feel free to ask for help on this list — just check that your question isn’t answered here first. If you don’t understand the documentation, please tell us, so we can explain it better. General philosophy is: if you need to ask for help, then something needs to be fixed so you (and others) don’t need to ask for help.

Also, we’d love to hear your ideas :-)