In the following tutorial, I cover how to create a Parted Magic bootable USB flash drive from within Windows. This fully functional portable Operating System doubles as a disk management utility to help you perform disk editing, disk imaging, and partitioning tasks with ease.
PartedMagic Partitioning, Cloning, Backup and Recovery
Parted Magic is a commercial Linux based live USB distribution originally based on Slackware. Developed by Patrick Verner, it was designed for partitioning, cloning, backup, and recovery of hard drives and other storage devices.
The software includes several disk management tools, such as GParted, Parted, Clonezilla, TestDisk, and other utilities. These tools allow users to perform a variety of tasks, such as resizing, copying, moving, and deleting partitions, as well as creating disk images and restoring data from backups.
Parted Magic is widely used by IT professionals, system administrators, and home users who need a reliable and powerful disk management solution. It is available for purchase on the authors website, and it can also be downloaded and used for free as a trial version with limited functionality.
Useful hard disk management tools include; partition image, testdisk, fdisk, sfdisk, dd, and ddrescue. Functions and usage is well documented. Supported formats include; ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, ntfs, reiserfs, reiser4, and xfs.
Parted Magic Bootable USB
Distribution Home Page: Authors Page
Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 128MB
Persistent Feature: No
USB Parted Magic Flash Drive Checklist:
- Windows PC to perform the install
- i586 processor and 256MB of RAM to operate or 128MB in “Live” mode
- Fat32 formatted USB flash drive
How to Create a USB Parted Magic Flash Drive
- Download and launch YUMI
- (1) Select your Flash Drive.
(2) Then choose Parted Magic (Partition Tools) from the list of distros.
(3) Browse to your ISO file, and then click Create.
- Once the YUMI USB Installer has finished, reboot your PC and set your BIOS or Boot menu to boot from your USB flash drive.
If all went well, you should now have a bootable Parted Magic flash drive which can be run from any PC that supports booting from an external USB device.