parted - a partition manipulation program
parted [options] [device [command [options...]...]]
parted is a program to manipulate disk partitions. It supports multiple
partition table formats, including MS-DOS and GPT. It is useful for creating
space for new operating systems, reorganising 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.
- -h, --help
- displays a help message
- -l, --list
- lists partition layout on all block devices
- -m, --machine
- displays machine parseable output
- -s, --script
- never prompts for user intervention
- -v, --version
- displays the version
- -a alignment-type, --align alignment-type
- Set alignment for newly created partitions, valid alignment types
- 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 alignment needed to align the
partition properly to physical blocks, which avoids performance
- 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
- The block device to be used. When none is given, parted will use
the first block device it finds.
- [command [options]]
- Specifies the command to be executed. If no command is given,
parted will present a command prompt. Possible commands are:
- help [command]
- Print general help, or help on command if specified.
- align-check type partition
- Check if partition satisfies the alignment constraint of
type. type must be "minimal" or
- mklabel label-type
- Create a new disklabel (partition table) of label-type.
label-type should be one of "aix", "amiga",
"bsd", "dvh", "gpt", "loop",
"mac", "msdos", "pc98", or
- mkpart [part-type name fs-type] start
- Create a new partition. part-type may be specified only with msdos
and dvh partition tables, it should be one of "primary",
"logical", or "extended". name is required for
GPT partition tables and fs-type is optional. fs-type can be
one of "btrfs", "ext2", "ext3",
"ext4", "fat16", "fat32", "hfs",
"hfs+", "linux-swap", "ntfs",
"reiserfs", "udf", or "xfs".
- 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 double quotes, if
necessary. And depending on the shell may need to also be wrapped in
single quotes so that the shell doesn't strip off the double quotes.
- Display the partition table.
- 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.
- resizepart partition end
- Change the end position of partition. Note that this does
not modify any filesystem present in the partition.
- rm partition
- Delete partition.
- select device
- 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",
"legacy_boot", "irst", "msftres",
"esp" and "palo". state should be either
"on" or "off".
- unit unit
- 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", "MiB",
"GB", "GiB", "TB", "TiB",
"%" (percentage of device size), "cyl" (cylinders),
"chs" (cylinders, heads, sectors), or "compact"
(megabytes for input, and a human-friendly form for output).
- toggle partition flag
- Toggle the state of flag on partition.
- Display version information and a copyright message.
Report bugs to <firstname.lastname@example.org>
fdisk(8), mkfs(8), The parted program is fully documented
in the info(1) format GNU partitioning software manual which is
distributed with the parted-doc Debian package.
This manual page was written by Timshel Knoll <email@example.com>, for
the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).