Install and Use Open Source Disk Partitioning Tool GParted in Linux

Here's how you can use Gparted tool to manage disk space.
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GParted is undoubtedly one of the best partition managers for Linux out there. The user interface is very simple and gets the job done.

In some cases, you end up using GParted to fix or format your USB drive as well. I had a USB disk which I couldnโ€™t format in Ubuntu using the โ€œDisksโ€ app โ€“ this is where GParted came to the rescue.

So, it is a quite useful tool with plenty of good features. Let me highlight them for you.

Installing GParted on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions

a screenshot of gparted

Before installing GParted, let's take a look at some of its key features:

  • Set Partition Flags
  • Resize/Move Partitions
  • Create/Remove Partitions
  • Ability to Set UUIDs

So, moving on to the installation. You might have GParted pre-installed, therefore, make sure to verify that before proceeding to install it.

If you do not have it installed, you can head into the software center on your Linux distro and search for 'GParted' to get it installed.

In case you want to use the terminal, simply type in the following command (Ubuntu/Debian):

sudo apt install gparted

If youโ€™re using any other Linux distribution, you can either find GParted in their respective software managers, or you could head over to the official download page for further install instructions.

Before we proceed, keep in mind that playing around with disk partitioning is risky business. Donโ€™t do it unless itโ€™s absolutely necessary, or you might just end up wiping the entire disk.

Using the features of GParted

You can do many things with GParted, ranging from a simple format task to important partitioning tasks. Iโ€™ll highlight the key features with some screenshots to help you know more about it before installing it.

Create partition tables

a screenshot of gparted create partion table feature

You can create a new partition table for your disks, or erase the content of your existing disk to modify the partition table.

GParted lets you choose from different types of partition tables like msdos, bsd, gpt, atari, and more.

Create, Move, Label, Delete & Modify Partitions

You can easily create, label, delete or modify the partitions with a bunch of options available within GParted.

Below, you can see how creating a new partition looks like. Of course, you will have to be careful about what you want to do.

a screenshot of gparted create new partition feature

After creating a new partition, you can also Resize/Move it according to your preference.

a screenshot of gparted resize move partition feature

The good thing is that GParted makes sure that you do not directly apply any changes โ€“ it queues up your selected operations/tasks and asks for another final confirmation before you hit it.

a screenshot of gparted apply operations to device confirmation window

The tick mark symbol โœ“ on the top allows you to confirm the changes and then only your changes take into effect.

Hereโ€™s another screenshot for the format options you have available for the partitions:

a screenshot of gparted format options for partitions

Attempt Data Rescue

Apart from editing partitions, you can also try to recover your lost data in Linux using the โ€œAttempt Data Rescueโ€ feature, as shown in the screenshot below.

a screenshot of gparted attempt data rescue feature

It is worth noting that you do not have this feature installed by default โ€“ you only see the option visible.

So, for the data recovery feature to work, you have to install 'gpart' separately using the following command (on Ubuntu/Debian-based distributions):

sudo apt install gpart

In addition to all the key features listed above, GParted supports a wide range of storage devices and file systems. You can learn more about it from the list of features on their official website.

Wrapping Up

GParted is a very useful and important tool when it comes to dealing with disk management and partitions. However, you will have to be careful while using it for obvious reasons.

๐Ÿ’ฌ Have you tried GParted? Prefer other partitioning tools for Linux? Don't hesitate to share your experiences in the comments below!

About the author
Ankush Das

Ankush Das

A passionate technophile who also happens to be a Computer Science graduate. You will usually see cats dancing to the beautiful tunes sung by him.

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