PARTED(8) GNU Parted Manual PARTED(8)
GNU Parted - a partition manipulation program
parted [options] [device [command [options...]...]]
parted is a disk partitioning and partition resizing program. It allows you to create,
destroy, resize, move and copy ext2, 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, reorganis-
ing disk usage, and copying data to new hard disks.
This manual page documents parted briefly. Complete documentation is distributed with the
package in GNU Info format; see near the bottom.
displays a help message
lists partition layout on all block devices
displays machine parseable output
never prompts for user intervention
displays the version
-a alignment-type, --align alignment-type
Set alignment for newly created partitions, valid alignment types are:
none Use the minimum alignment allowed by the disk type.
Align partitions to cylinders.
Use minimum alignment as given by the disk topology information. This and
the opt value will use layout information provided by the disk to align the
logical partition table addresses to actual physical blocks on the disks.
The min value is the minimum aligment needed to align the partition properly
to physical blocks, which avoids performance degradation.
Use optimum alignment as given by the disk topology information. This aligns
to a multiple of the physical block size in a way that guarantees optimal
The block device to be used. When none is given, parted will use the first block
device it finds.
Specifies the command to be executed. If no command is given, parted will present
a command prompt. Possible commands are:
Do a simple check on partition.
cp [source-device] source dest
Copy the source partition's filesystem on source-device (or the current
device if no other device was specified) to the dest partition on the cur-
Print general help, or help on command if specified.
mkfs partition fs-type
Make a filesystem fs-type on partition. fs-type can be one of "fat16",
"fat32", "ext2", "linux-swap", or "reiserfs".
Create a new disklabel (partition table) of label-type. label-type should
be one of "bsd", "dvh", "gpt", "loop", "mac", "msdos", "pc98", or "sun".
mkpart part-type [fs-type] start end
Make a part-type partition with filesystem fs-type (if specified), beginning
at start and ending at end (by default in megabytes). fs-type can be one of
"fat16", "fat32", "ext2", "HFS", "linux-swap", "NTFS", "reiserfs", or "ufs".
part-type should be one of "primary", "logical", or "extended".
mkpartfs part-type fs-type start end
Make a part-type partition with filesystem fs-type beginning at start and
ending at end (by default in megabytes). Using this command is discouraged.
Instead use mkpart to create an empty partition, and then use external tools
like mke2fs(8) to create the filesystem.
move partition start end
Move partition so that it begins at start and ends at end. Note: move never
changes the minor number.
name partition name
Set the name of partition to name. This option works only on Mac, PC98, and
GPT disklabels. The name can be placed in quotes, if necessary.
print Display the partition table.
quit Exit from parted.
rescue start end
Rescue a lost partition that was located somewhere between start and end.
If a partition is found, parted will ask if you want to create an entry for
it in the partition table.
resize partition start end
Resize the filesystem on partition so that it begins at start and ends at
end (by default in megabytes).
Choose device as the current device to edit. device should usually be a
Linux hard disk device, but it can be a partition, software raid device, or
an LVM logical volume if necessary.
set partition flag state
Change the state of the flag on partition to state. Supported flags are:
"boot", "root", "swap", "hidden", "raid", "lvm", "lba", and "palo". state
should be either "on" or "off".
Set unit as the unit to use when displaying locations and sizes, and for
interpreting those given by the user when not suffixed with an explicit
unit. unit can be one of "s" (sectors), "B" (bytes), "kB", "MB", "GB",
"TB", "%" (percentage of device size), "cyl" (cylinders), "chs" (cylinders,
heads, sectors), or "compact" (megabytes for input, and a human-friendly
form for output).
Display version information and a copyright message.
ext3 filesystem functionality does not currently work. To manage ext3 type filesystems
use tools like resize2fs(8) or mke2fs(8). Note that the currently supported ext2 filesys-
tem will be deprecated once ext3 support is finalized. Further note that ext3 support
will have limited functionality that is yet to be defined. Use tools like resize2fs(8)
and mke2fs(8) to manage these types of filesystems.
To manually resize an ext3 filesystem and/or a partition use resize2fs(8), fdisk(8) or
similar tools. For LVM situations, you will need to use the LVM commands to resize the
Report bugs to <email@example.com>
fdisk(8), mkfs(8), The parted program is fully documented in the info(1) format GNU parti-
tioning software manual which is distributed with the parted-doc Debian package.
This manual page was written by Timshel Knoll <firstname.lastname@example.org>, for the Debian
GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).
parted 2007 March 29 PARTED(8)