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.
displays a help message
lists partition layout on all block devices
displays machine parseable output
never prompts for user intervention
displays the version
-a alignment-type, --align alignment-type
Set alignment for newly created partitions, valid alignment
none 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 degradation.
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 optimal
The block device to be used. When none is given, parted will
use the first block device it finds.
Specifies the command to be executed. If no command is given,
parted will present a command prompt. Possible commands are:
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 "optimal".
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 "sun".
mkpart [part-type name fs-type] start end
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", 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
print Display the partition table.
quit 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
resizepart partition end
Change the end position of partition. Note that this
does not modify any filesystem present in the
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", "esp" and
"palo". state should be either "on" or "off".
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.
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project. Information about the project can be found at
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