What is the Best GParted Live CD/USB Alternative?

December 18, 2014

The freeware GParted and its function - Live CD/USB, has been popular for some time, but now GParted Live CD/USB alternative emerged! This article is about its best alternative - AOMEI Partition Assistant.

The full name of GParted is Gnome Partition Editor. GParted Live CD is a very small and flexible bootable live CD provided by GParted project. It takes X.org, lightweight class Fluxbox window management and the latest Linux 2.6 kernel as construction. GParted project contains hard disk partition tool, which is very useful for system maintenance.

GParted is a powerful partition management software under Linux. It has many aspects that likes Partition Magic under Windows, such as operation and display. With GParted, you can create, delete partition easily, resize partition and move partition are also feasible.

The best way of make full use of GParted is running GParted Live CD. The GParted Live CD makes GParted run on GNU/Linux as run on another operating system. Besides GParted Live CD, GParted officially also provides Live USB and other media. Thus makes it possible to make partition on hard disk without host system.

GParted supports multiple common file systems under Linux, including Ext2, Ext4, FAT, HFS, JFS, Reiser4, Reiserfs, XFS, even NTFS. Although the open-source GParted is safe and available, edit partition has potential risk such as losing date by human error. So you’d better do a backup before using GParted.

The most practical reason is that GParted can’t used by Windows users directly. GParted is for people whose computers with multiple different operating systems (e.g. Linux, Windows and Mac OS X). The application is designed to run outside Windows (and any other operating system). So in fact, you cannot run it inside Windows. But don’t worry, you can use it on Windows with setup GParted Live CD/USB first, then burn to CD/DVD/USB drive to run GParted from a “LiveCD”. How troublesome!

What’s worse, if you choose USB, the installation methods only work when the USB flash drive is formatted as a FAT file system. We all know that NTFS has many advantages compared to FAT, so many users try to find GParted Live CD/USB alternative, especially Windows users.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition is a partition management software designed for Windows desktop operating system. It is as free as GParted. GParted has multiple developers while AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition has the only one - AOMEI Tech.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition supports Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8 (both 32-bit and 64-bit). It can do all the basics of partition operations: create, format, delete, resize, extend, shrink, move, merge and split partitions. Despite these basic function, it has some advanced features: Copy disk or partition to different disk or new partition (sector-by-sector copy or just copy existing data), modify partition name or letter, wipe partition/disk, wipe unallocated space, allocate free space, check partition, rebuild MBR, hide/unhide partition, set partition as active, convert partition from logical to primary and vice versa, convert FAT/FAT32 partitions or drives to NTFS, view properties of a disk or partition.

  • Supports NTFS, FAT, FAT32, ext2, and ext3 filesystems
  • Supports all types of drives: internal, external, removable, flash, memory cards, USB 1.0/2.0, IDE, SATA, SSD, SCSI, FireWire, and SAS
  • Supports hardware RAID
  • Works with UEFI/EFI boot

AOMEI Partition Assistant has a function called “Make Bootable CD Wizard”, it enables you create a Windows PE Bootable USB/CD. Thus you can load an operating system and run AOMEI Partition Assistant under the system if the native system fails to boot. Windows PE Bootable media enables you to start a computer for the purposes of deployment and recovery.

Another amazing function of AOMEI Partition Assistant is “Windows To Go Creator”. With this function, you can deploy a full corporate Windows 8 environment that will boot from a USB drive or external USB hard drive.

If you are a Windows user, don’t struggle with installing GParted Live CD/USB any more, why not try GParted Live CD/USB alternative? AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition is the best choice. Just try it!