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. Old and unstable images were still available for a few weeks on SourceForge and 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 variant 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 mirrored when they were freely available (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.
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 mirror thanks to traxter-online.net
Mirrors by traxter-online.net - recent versionsMirrors by traxter-online.net - recent versions
Parted Magic mirror thanks to raspis.eu Mirrors by raspis.eu - recent versions
Parted Magic mirror thanks to solmu.org Mirrors by solmu.org - recent versions
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
Thanks for this useful post!
Mirror Programosy.pl 2013_08_01 version http://www.programosy.pl/program,parted-magic.html
There’s only a 2013_08_10 pxe network boot version.
Thanks Boz, I want to download the Parted Magic 2013_09_07. Thanks a lot
Second link from the bottom of the page. If you have problems with mega.co.nz use jdownloader 2 to download files from such sites.
Thank you so much brother, I was looking for these downloads everywhere. God bless you
Here are a few discussion pages if anybody wants to know the full story:
First of all thanks for the links, I downloaded one right now. 🙂
I understand the author’s view, I donated to the project even when it was free, but I don’t agree with *forcing* users to pay. He started asking donations, and that was nice and fair. But charging for FLOSS software (most of which he didn’t develop) without redistributing the sources is against the GPL. He can charge but he should respect the licenses…
It’s his decision. There are sources on his website (http://beefdrapes.partedmagic.com/source/). I’ve bought a 2013_11_11 iso and the Polish translation has a few issues. Some captions are only partially translated like someone just picked words from a dictionary. I don’t know why somebody translated “Magic” from Parted Magic to Polish. Check disk health was translated as “Dysk twardy inspekcji sanitarnej”, terminals section as “zaciski”.
Yes, you are right about the sources, at first I didn’t notice them. I agree, the Italian translation is “sad” as well. I still have a copy of Parted Magic from around June 2012 and I like it a lot more, and still use it. Also, it recognizes a damaged hard drive which both the new one and also Ubuntu 13.10 fail to read. It’s strange!
I love the project and I think probably I will donate some more, but I liked the previous approach better. 🙂
Are these images the “non-PAE” versions? There are still LOTS of perfectly servicable machines in use that do not have PAE-capable processors, but the “standard” version of PM requires PAE.
X86 versions from 2013_09_26 do not require the Physical Address Extension (PAE) computer processor feature. Older versions did. There was a i586 version up to 2013_08_01 but it was removed (https://web.archive.org/web/20130825160807/http://digitalincursion.net/parted-magic/). I’ve found a mirror: http://ftp.psu.ru/linux/partedmagic/.
Could you share in mega the ‘sqfs’ file contained in pmagic_*.iso, PLZ? It’s lower in MB that iso file, right?
In that way we just need update our sqfs file, keeping the old sqfs name’s… It’s just an idea!
I’m not the uploader of these images (just 2013_08_10 and older). Sqfs image is not the only file updated from version to version. For example the Linux kernel is stored in a separate file.
Thank you for your detailed information on Parted Magic.
I’ve finally got Parted Magic 2013_08_10.
However, I’m not sure how, but I cannot boot “Default settings 64 (Runs from RAM)” with a CD burned from “pmagic_2013_08_10_reconstructed.iso”.
Of course Parted Magic can start from “Default settings 32 (Runs from RAM)” and work well on 32bit machines but some tools of Parted Magic, such as File Manager, cannot work so well on 64bit machines.
I would appreciate if you could advise me in this matter.
CD: 32-bit works, 64-bit doesn’t.
USB (unetbootin): 32-bit works, 64-bit works (!).
-Ignore it and use 32-bit mode. 64-bit mode makes no difference (supports more RAM) and it’s pointless for a recovery distribution.
-Use Parted Magic 2014_09_29 (the bottom of the page). Old versions like 2013_08_10 have more bugs and worse hardware support.
It’s good to know that the cause is its bugs.
I think Parted Magic would be used mainly to run Secure Erase or to rescue files in case an OS crashes, so 32bit mode would be useful enough.
I asked the question because I would like to introduce this blog and your “pmagic_2013_08_10_reconstructed.iso” as a FREE Parted Magic on my blog in Japanese. Would you mind if I do that?
I don’t mind. It’s GPL.
64-bit mode is fixed in the pmagic_2013_08_10_reconstructed_v2.iso.
Thank you for your quick response.
Thank you for posting the link to my blog. Unfortunately, it’s written in Japanese, though.
Thank you so much and Emilio!
thx 4 the upload
does anyone have an entry for grub4dos?
the new pmagic_2015_03_06 version only starts from a standalone usb stick but not in a subfolder
after booting i get an error “mounting the fu.sqfs failed”
please post your working menu.lst if it works with grub4dos
I don’t use grub4dos. Multiboot usb can be made using yumi.
i know that tool, but it makes the same code, as i already have
the 2013 version of partedmagic works perfectly on my multiboot stick
but this new version get stuck
I get the following MD5s
Thanks a lot man!
Thanks a lot for the mirrors!! Very helpful! Greetings from Singapore
Can the program handle SSD drives?
It supports partitioning SSD drives. I don’t know how it handles secure erasing. Try the latest version or the software provided by hard drive manufacturer: Seagate SeaTools, Western Digital SSD Dashboard, Samsung Magician.