Parted Magic is a Linux-based bootable disk with disk partitioning and data recovery tools. It is free (as freedom) software under the GPLv2 license.
It was available for free from its homepage and various websites like SourceForge.net. After the Parted Magic 2013_08_10 was released the ISO is no longer freely available for download from the official website. The distribution moved to a pay-for-download service charging “
$4.99 $9 for instant digital download”. Old and unstable images were still available for a few weeks on SourceForge and other websites. All images on SourceForge were removed and replaced by a message directing the users to Parted Magic website instead. They were also removed from most of other websites.
There is currently no official way to download the ISO freely, although it’s legally available through other download services due to Parted Magic Linux distribution being GPLv2 licensed.
The source code is not made public in the official website, it should be provided by request, as stated by the GPL license Parted Magic is under.
The 2013_08_01 is the last known version officially available for free as an ISO image and known to cause problems on certain computers (more in the update 3 below). The pxe veriant of the fixed 2013_08_10 was briefly available on SourceForge. Old versions were 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 somewhere else. I haven’t found the 2013_08_10 iso version so I’ve decided 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 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 the correct version in the boot menu, and it launches that version using SQFS files from the 2013_08_10 pxe. My custom Parted Magic 2013_08_10 iso is named pmagic_2013_08_10_reconstructed.iso.
Based on Phooen‘s feedback I’ve fixed the broken 64-bit boot option and the new image is: pmagic_2013_08_10_reconstructed_v2.iso.
I’ve posted all images I’ve found below. Use them at your own risk. All these images were downloaded when they were available for free (it’s still GPLv2). 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. According to the official Parted Magic website “Use on any number of computers as many times as you want. No restrictions”.
Parted Magic 2013_08_10 (last free version-fixed iso) pmagic_2013_08_10_reconstructed_v2.iso pmagic_pxe_2013_08_10.zip (PXE version)
Parted Magic 2013_08_01 (WARNING! CRITICAL USB BUG) pmagic_2013_08_01.iso pmagic_2013_08_01.iso (MajorGeeks mirror)
Parted Magic 2013_06_15 pmagic_2013_06_15.iso
Parted Magic 2013_09_07 (UNSTABLE - use newer versions below) pmagic_2013_09_07_UNSTABLE.iso
Parted Magic 2013_08_09 (UNSTABLE - use newer versions below) pmagic_2013_08_09_UNSTABLE.iso
Parted Magic 2015_11_13 (thanks to Emilio) pmagic_2015_11_13.iso
Parted Magic 2015_09_29 (thanks to Emilio and traxter-online.net) pmagic_2015_09_29.iso Mirrors by traxter-online.net - all recent versions
Parted Magic 2015_08_12 (thanks to Emilio) pmagic_2015_08_12.iso
Parted Magic 2015_07_07 (thanks to Emilio) pmagic_2015_07_07.iso
Parted Magic 2015_05_04 (thanks to Emilio) pmagic_2015_05_04.iso
Parted Magic 2015_03_06 (thanks to Emilio) pmagic_2015_03_06.iso
Parted Magic 2015_01_13 (thanks to Emilio) pmagic_2015_01_13.iso
YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator Yumi-home page
SystemRescueCd (free rescue livecd) SystemRescueCd-home page
GParted-live (free rescue livecd based on gparted) GParted-live on SourceForge
UBCD Live (free rescue cd from the Ultimate Boot CD developers) UBCD Live main page UBCD Live forum thread