GParted partitioning software - Full tutorial

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    May 9, 2005
    Hi all,

    You will LOVE this one!

    I've written a complete, step-by-step text and image tutorial on how to use GParted partitioning software to manage Windows, Linux and dual-boot installations, create, resize, move, and delete partitions, and some advanced tasks, like changing the inode size.

    A table of contents for those interested:

    # GParted - Introduction
    # How to use GParted?

    1. Practical examples

    # Partitioning dictionary

    1. Windows uses drive letters
    2. Linux notation is different
    3. Partition types
    4. Important thing to pay attention to!
    5. Exceptions
    6. What to install where?

    # General partitioning recommendations
    # Using GParted - Understanding the software

    1. Core functions

    # GParted - real life examples

    1. Identifying the right device
    2. Task 1: Resize partition
    3. Task 2: Create new partition
    4. Task 3: Delete partition
    5. Task 4: Create Partition Table
    6. Task 5: Create only Extended partition
    7. Task 6: Move partition
    8. Task 7: Check & repair filesystem

    # Flags
    # GParted capabilities
    # Advanced tasks

    1. Change the Inode size

    # Recommended reading material
    # Conclusion

    Took me some 20 hours to write this one, so comments and suggestions and whatnot are appreciated.

    If you think this worth stickying, I'll add it to the sticky article at the top of the section.

  2. tlu

    tlu Guest

    Excellent tutorial, Mrk, as usual :thumb:
    Just one small addition: The newer versions of GParted contained, e.g., in Jaunty support also ext4, of course.
  3. tgell

    tgell Registered Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Hello Mrk,
    The tutorial was very helpful. Have you thought about making your tutorials as PDF downloads?
    Off topic: Great work on those model planes.
  4. wat0114

    wat0114 Guest

    Well done and another terrific effort again, Mrk :thumb:
  5. Shankle

    Shankle Registered Member

    May 2, 2006
    Thank you for the tutorial, But I agree with Tgell, they need to be in PDF format for
    dummies like me. I need to be able to study them, keep them handy for reference and the best way for me to do that is in PDF format.
  6. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    May 9, 2005
    Did you read the PDF software article? It explains how you can download pages and convert them to PDF ... :) Primo will also do, and a range of other software.

    tlu, that's a good one, I'll add that ...

    Cheers all.

  7. ahriman

    ahriman Registered Member

    Sep 18, 2007
    Thanks! Loads of good reading on your site.

    I need to more adept with GRUB. Lilo used to be the default and I knew how to use it.
    GRUB messed up my system a few times because I'm usually trying something that isn't
    typical :) . Easy to fix, but a nuisance. Your tutorial actually makes sense. :thumb: Wish I had
    found it a few years ago. topic. I got so involved with the GRUB info I forgot the thread is on GParted.
  8. Arup

    Arup Guest

    Good job Mrk, I make all those interested in Linux read all your tutorials by default.
  9. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    May 9, 2005
    You make them or make install or just configure them ... hi hi ... a little inside joke.
    Semi-seriously, you make them, as in "I use force ..." :)
    Seriously, thanks.
  10. Eice

    Eice Registered Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    Last I checked, gparted needs the ntfsprogs package to create NTFS partitions. Have things changed since?
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