Parted Magic is a Linux distribution with disk partitioning and data recovery tools. It was distributed under the GPL licence and was available for free from its homepage and various websites like SourceForge. Some time after version 2013_08_10 was released Parted Magic stopped being freeware and became payware. The official website’s download section started offering a single download for $4.99 or $49.99 for a one year subscription. Old and unstable images were still available for some time on SourceForge and other websites. One day the official mirror removed any Parted Magic images. All remaining old and unstable images that were still available on SourceForge were also removed including old versions released when the distribution was freeware. They were also removed from most of other websites. MajorGeeks mirrors still have the older 2013_08_01 version.
Before images were deleted quite a lot of people downloaded them. Old versions are still mirrored on some websites. I’ve found a mirrored copy of a 2013_08_01 iso on MajorGeeks and a 2013_08_10 pxe version (newest free version) somewhere else. I haven’t found the newest iso version. 2013_08_01 is nearly the same as 2013_08_10, but I thought I could try to make a 2013_08_10 iso from these two. I’ve extracted the main SQFS archive from the 2013_08_10 pxe (it was inside initrd.img) and replaced the one inside the older 2013_08_01 iso image using IsoMaster. That was the most important file containing the main filesystem. I’ve replaced all the files that are present in both iso and pxe versions including contents of the initrd.img. Testing under VirtualBox shows that it works and reports version 2013_08_10 under HardInfo. Conky also shows a newer kernel version. I’ve edited the boot menu so it reports 2013_08_10 version in the boot menu, and it launches that version using SQFS files from the 2013_08_10 pxe.
I’ve posted all images I’ve found below. If you want to create a live USB, use YUMI. Use them at your own risk.
All these images were downloaded when they were available for free and the distribution was freeware. I won’t post newer versions that were released after the distribution became payware (2013_09_26 and newer ones). This post is just an archive of the last free versions. You’re free to mirror this post and/or links to these old free versions.
Remember to support the author because putting this distribution together is his full-time job. Buy a single copy or a one year subscription at the official Parted Magic website.
My home-made reconstructed Parted Magic 2013_08_10 iso image is named pmagic_2013_08_10_reconstructed.iso.
Update (18.09.2013): I’ve added the Parted Magic 2013_09_07 UNSTABLE and the older 2013_08_09 UNSTABLE. I’ve downloaded them some time ago from SourceForge and decided to add them because they was removed along with all other unstable and old images. Unstable versions may cause some problems and even damage your computer so use them only at your own risk. If you don’t want to risk choose pmagic_2013_08_10_reconstructed.iso.
Update 2 (15.10.2013): I’ve replaced my reconstructed 2013_08_10 iso version with a new version built using the 2013_08_10 pxe and menu configuration files from the 2013_08_09 iso instead of the 2013_08_01. This made Dutch, Turkish and Ukrainian translations added in 2013_08_10 version usable.
Update 3 (5.11.2013): There’s a warning on the Parted Magic’s home page:
“WARNING! A few sites on the internet are offering a file called pmagic_2013_08_01.iso for free download. This version was released with a very destructive USB corruption bug in the Linux kernel. We removed this file from our official mirrors to minimize the damage and quickly released version 2013_08_10 to replace it. The 2013_08_01 version also included a bug in the OLD Secure Erase GUI that would allow a user to erase an ATA disk through a USB interface. In some cases it would brick the expensive USB device. The OLD GUI would also set the secure erase password to NULL by default and using the disk on a Lenovo BIOS is not possible because a password cannot be entered. Version 2013_09_26 does not contain these flaws and is completely safe to use. Sorry for any inconvenience or loss suffered by using this unofficial/unsupported FREE pmagic_2013_08_01.iso. You have been warned.”
Based on this I recommend choosing my 2013_08_10 iso. As a safety precaution don’t use the Secure Erase GUI on USB devices.
You can find newer versions like 2014_01_04 on many websites or try free alternatives like SystemRescueCD, GParted-live.
SystemRescueCd (free rescue cd similar to the Parted Magic) SystemRescueCd-home page
GParted-live (free rescue cd with gparted) GParted-live on SourceForge
Parted Magic 2013_08_10 pmagic_2013_08_10_reconstructed.iso pmagic_pxe_2013_08_10.zip (PXE version)
Parted Magic 2013_08_01 (WARNING! CRITICAL USB BUG. READ UPDATE 3.) pmagic_2013_08_01.iso pmagic_2013_08_01.iso (MajorGeeks mirror)
Parted Magic 2013_06_15 (old version) pmagic_2013_06_15.iso
Parted Magic 2013_09_07 (UNSTABLE-use at your own risk) pmagic_2013_09_07_UNSTABLE.iso
Parted Magic 2013_08_09 (UNSTABLE-use at your own risk) pmagic_2013_08_09_UNSTABLE.iso