|Company / developer||Patrick Verner|
|Source model||Free and open source software|
|Latest stable release||2013_05_01 / May 1, 2013|
|Supported platforms||IA-32, x86-64|
|Kernel type||Linux (Monolithic)|
|Default user interface||Openbox 3.5.0|
Parted Magic is a light Linux distribution with free and open source software disk partitioning and data recovery tools, distributed as a Linux-based bootable disk. It is named after GParted and PartitionMagic.
Although originally designed for mechanical hard disk drives, Parted Magic is suitable for use also with solid state drives and can perform a secure erase (a method to return a drive to its factory state). Corsair, a major SSD manufacturer, recommends its use as "the most common and user-friendly tool" for performing a secure erase on its drives. OCZ have also published a guide on the use of Parted Magic on its SSDs.
Parted Magic supports reading and writing to a variety of modern file systems, including ext3, ext4, FAT, exFAT, and NTFS, and as such is able to access disk drives formatted for use under Microsoft Windows and GNU/Linux systems.
Parted Magic has received positive reviews from mainstream technical magazines and websites,PC World noting in particular ability to recover data from multiple operating systems and its free cost, "About the only other thing I can say about Parted Magic, besides that it's a must-download for your toolkit, is that it's free".
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