Your computer’s hard drive or SSD is one of the most important parts of it.
After all, it stores all of your valuable programs, data files, music and other miscellaneous pieces of your digital life in addition to the operating system itself.
Parted Magic is a powerful suite of Linux-based utilities for testing, partitioning, formatting and cloning your hard drive(s) and/or SSD(s).
Many computer techs (including Yours Truly) use it fairly often for setting up and maintaining the drives in our own machines as well as those of our customers.
I use Parted Magic primarily for cloning hard drives when they are showing signs of imminent failure and when it comes time to upgrade a drive. This cloning function alone makes it worth a small fortune, but it is actually quite affordable.
You can download the trial version by visiting this page and clicking the blue Download button.
Once the download is complete, insert a blank CD into your CD/DVD burner, then right-click on the .ISO image and click Burn Disc.
You’ll find plenty of documentation for using Parted Magic if you click the Documents link. For help with any specific questions that you might have, click the link to visit the Help Forums.
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