This manual page documents briefly the
parted command. Complete documentation is distributed with the package in
GNU Info format; see below.
parted is a disk partitioning and partition resizing program. It allows you to
create, destroy, resize, move and copy ext2, ext3, 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,
reorganising disk usage, and copying data to new hard disks.
Specifies a command to parted. If no command is given, parted will give you
a command prompt. Commands are:
does a simple check on partition.
copies the source partitions filesystem on source-device (or the
current device if no other device was specified) to the dest partition
on the current device.
prints general help, or help on command if specified.
make a filesystem fs-type on partition. fs-type can be one
of "fat16", "fat32", "ext2", "linux-swap" or "reiserfs".
Creates a new disklabel (partition table) of label-type.
label-type should be one of "bsd", "dvh", "gpt", "loop", "mac", "msdos",
"pc98" or "sun".
make a part-type partition with filesystem fs-type (if specified),
beginning at start and ending at end (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"
make a part-type partition with filesystem fs-type beginning at
start and ending at end (in megabytes)
move partition to start at start and end at end. Note: move
never changes the minor number
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
displays the partition table
resize the filesystem on partition to start at start and end at
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
a LVM logical volume if that is necessary
change the state of the flag on partition to state. Flags
supported are: "boot"(Mac, MS-DOS, PC98), "root"(Mac), "swap"(Mac), "hidden"(MS-DOS, PC98), "raid"(MS-DOS), "lvm"(MS-DOS), "lba"(MS-DOS) and
state should be either "on" or "off"
ext3 filesystem resizing, copying and creating do not currently work, please use tools like
Resizing partitions with an ext3 filesystem will not generally work because
of the above issue. Use
to resize the filesystem and resize the partition manually using
or a similar tool. For LVM situations, you will need to use the LVM commands
to resize the LVM elements.
Parted also missbehaves when certian type of arguments are used.
If the syntax used to describe offsets from the end -1s is used in the
command line, -- must be used after OPTIONS so as not to confuse getopt.
Eg: parted -s /dev/sdb -- mklabel gpt mkpart primary ext2 1s -1s