Parted Magic is a Linux distribution with disk partitioning and data recovery tools. It is free (as freedom) software under the GPL licence.
It 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.
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.
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 and the distribution was freeware. 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.
My custom Parted Magic 2013_08_10 iso reconstructed from the pxe version is named pmagic_2013_08_10_reconstructed.iso.
YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator Yumi-home page
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