KDE Partition Manager
System Software
Score 93%
Description:

KDE Partition Manager is a utility program to help you manage the disk devices, partitions and file systems on your computer. It allows you to easily create, copy, move, delete, resize without losing data, backup and restore partitions.

KDE Partition Manager supports a large number of file systems, including ext2/3/4, reiserfs, NTFS, FAT16/32, jfs, xfs and more.

It makes use of external programs to get its job done, so you might have to install additional software (preferably packages from your distribution) to make use of all features and get full support for all file systems.

KDE Partition Manager is also available as a bootable Live CD.

Follow development and have a look at some preview screenshots of the upcoming feature release on http://blog.volker-lanz.de.
Last changelog:

9 years ago

1.0.3
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Make sure available and used capacity are not printed in a partition's properties dialog if they are not known

Make sure fsck.msdos does not want to modify a file system when it is being called to read the file system usage

Warn the user when trying to overwrite an existing partition with another or an image file

Clear the clipboard if undoing an operation deleted the partition that was in it

Keep the current UUID when resizing a swap partition

Fix the build by explicitly linking the partition manager executable against the KDE libs it uses

Do not allow pasting a source partition on a bigger target partition when the source partition's file system cannot be grown to fill the target partition


1.0.2
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* Copy a file system's UUID to the copied file system when creating a file system from another one.

* Implement a workaround for a libparted bug that makes it sometimes fail to commit changes to the OS in versions earlier than 2.2.

* Update the partition's file system and re-check for constraints if the partition's role is changed in the "Create New Partition" dialog. This fixes a bug where the user was not able to grow an extended partition if he'd previously selected a file system that cannot grow beyond a certain size.

* Always use the correct icons in modified ok/cancel buttons in dialogs and message boxes

* Fix a crash when operations to create, resize and delete an extended partitions where incorrectly merged into one (bug 232092)

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VolkerLanz

7 years ago

Yes. No ETA currently, though.

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shafff

7 years ago

it is unusable for resizing (ntfs) partitions: it wants to also move them few MBs to the right: so it would 'resize' my 200 gb ntfs partition for several hours.

gparted had the same issue, but its developers introduced a 'round to cylinders' checkbox which i'd uncheck when I resized the partition.

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VolkerLanz

7 years ago

What you describe is completely orthogonal to the file system (in your case NTFS) in use.

If you're running Vista or Windows 7 and used it to partition your hard drive, you will have partitions aligned at MiB boundaries. KDE Partition Manager 1.0.x does not support that and will align partitions the way it was the norm for 25 years.

The next feature release, 1.1, will support different aligning schemes.

Background reading:
http://www.osnews.com/story/22872/Linux_Not_Fully_Prepared_for_4096-Byte_Sector_Hard_Drives

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shafff

7 years ago

thanks!

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KFreakz

7 years ago

A really good program, extensive but still very easy to use.

An awesome new feature would be, to have a possibility to configure a compression level for the partition backup images, additionally to the sector-by-sector image creation. Then Kpartitionmanager would be immediately my new standard backup program.

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sefran

7 years ago

Isn't possible to implément ? :
mlabel -i <device> -s ::
for check label name and :
mlabel -i <device> ::<label>
for change label
Thanks

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VolkerLanz

7 years ago

1.0.x reads fat labels but doesn't let the user change them.

In the next feature release there will be support to set labels for fat volumes.

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YAFU

7 years ago

Hello.
Can I use PartitionManager from console? Where can I find a manual with the commands to be used from console?
Thank you.

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VolkerLanz

7 years ago

In 1.0.x it doesn't have a well thought out DBUS interface that you could use from the console.

1.0.x does however expose its actions over DBUS. You can use qdbus to explore what these actions are.

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2Fast4u

7 years ago

Great tool!
I had only one Problem:
One of my drives is partitioned like this (fdisk -l):
Disk /dev/sdb: 400.1 GB, 400088457216 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 48641 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x2748f859

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 2 48641 390700800 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sdb5 2 48641 390700768+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

KDE Partition Manager 1.0.1 tells me sdb5 is an ext2 Partition. It's possible to mount the partition, so the table should be ok...

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veeall

7 years ago

In gparted theres a tickbox to 'round to cylinders' when creating and resizing partitions. Because partitionmanager doesn't have such tickbox, does it rounds to cylinders by default or not at all?

Thanks!

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VolkerLanz

7 years ago

1.0.0 and 1.0.1 always align partitions to cylinder boundaries as has been the norm for MS-DOS partition tables for the last 20 years or more.

In the next feature release there will be some new feature to (optionally) account for MS Windows Vista/7's way of aligning partitions (which is optimized for 4k-sector-size hard disks).

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fackamato

7 years ago

Missing LVM support! See https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=179264

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polettimarco

7 years ago

Hi, the main missing feature IMHO is RAID support. Do you plan implementing it?

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VolkerLanz

7 years ago

What exactly do you mean with "raid support"? What are you missing?

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polettimarco

7 years ago

Well,

1)
I don't see my /dev/md0, /dev/md1 in Devices, so I can't view partitions using RAID. I expected a special drive called RAID, or something like that, that contains all my RAID partitions.

2)
I don't see a menu option for creating/deleting RAID sets, I suppose it currently can't be done with partitionmanager.

3)
Partitions used by RAIDs are shown with "unknown" file system type instead of being flagged as used, or something like that. They should not be formatted until the associated RAID set is deleted.

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VolkerLanz

7 years ago

KDE Partition Manager and gparted (a GNOME application) are totally independent projects that do not share any code.

Both however utilize libparted to implement some of their features. Libparted is a library for partition manipulation from the GNU Parted project.

Yes, the naming around the *parted projects is very confusing. GNU even have it in the FAQ for Parted:

http://www.gnu.org/software/parted/faq.shtml

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olahaye74

7 years ago

Does it supports GPT partition tables?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table

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VolkerLanz

7 years ago

Not yet. I'll look into this for the next feature release.

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VolkerLanz

7 years ago

Committed today to SVN. Will be in the next feature release.

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aspotashev

7 years ago

Does it support LVM2?

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reavertm

7 years ago

Unfortunately LVM2 doesn't provide sufficient API yet (fortunately it's WIP), and parsing output of commands line tools doesn't sound like fun I suppose.
I think it's better to wait a bit for liblvm to gain more features before any LVM2 support is considered.
LVM2 support would be nice indeed - for now there are only two reasonable LVM2 frontends:
- system-config-lvm - "official" GUI from LVM2 developer (RedHat/Fedora) - but quite abysmal in features
- EVMS (sic!) - the best known LVM2 frontend - unfortunately only Gtk1 and ncurses

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warnec

7 years ago

I wanted to shrink one of my NTFS partitions, and add the resulting GBs to two of my ext3 partitions.

See here:

[warnec@chakra ~]$ sudo fdisk -lu

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000001

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 63 42078959 21039448+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2 42079084 625121279 291521098 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 42079085 147072239 52496577+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6 147072303 594004319 223466008+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda7 594019503 614984264 10482381 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 614984328 621330001 3172837 83 Linux
/dev/sda9 621330003 625121279 1895638+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
[warnec@chakra ~]$


I used the LiveCD and I shrank the 50GB partition with no problem, but neither of the two ext3 partitions could be enlarged. I only had a possiblity to shrik them.

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oshunluvr

8 years ago

Thanks for a great piece of software! I saw RAID mentioned in an earlier post as "on the table". I just wanted to throw my vote in for this one. I'm using mdadm based software raid0

Currently, it detects and lists my raid partitions as devices in the "Devices" window, but doesn't identify the mount points or amount used. When selected, the partition window shows the /dev/mdX incorrectly by adding a 1 to it i.e. /dev/md5 is listed as /dev/md51

When selecting a "hard" device the raid partitions will show size information if the partition is mounted.

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egregorion

8 years ago

Hi,
great software!!

Have you possibility add GPT partition table management?

Thank you very much.

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9 years ago

1.0.3
=====

Make sure available and used capacity are not printed in a partition's properties dialog if they are not known

Make sure fsck.msdos does not want to modify a file system when it is being called to read the file system usage

Warn the user when trying to overwrite an existing partition with another or an image file

Clear the clipboard if undoing an operation deleted the partition that was in it

Keep the current UUID when resizing a swap partition

Fix the build by explicitly linking the partition manager executable against the KDE libs it uses

Do not allow pasting a source partition on a bigger target partition when the source partition's file system cannot be grown to fill the target partition


1.0.2
=====

* Copy a file system's UUID to the copied file system when creating a file system from another one.

* Implement a workaround for a libparted bug that makes it sometimes fail to commit changes to the OS in versions earlier than 2.2.

* Update the partition's file system and re-check for constraints if the partition's role is changed in the "Create New Partition" dialog. This fixes a bug where the user was not able to grow an extended partition if he'd previously selected a file system that cannot grow beyond a certain size.

* Always use the correct icons in modified ok/cancel buttons in dialogs and message boxes

* Fix a crash when operations to create, resize and delete an extended partitions where incorrectly merged into one (bug 232092)

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