What is a good partitioning tool for Ubuntu 10.X as an alternative to GPARTED? I haven't been able to find one that is easy to use. A commercial product is OK if necessary for ease of use.

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    what's confusing on gparted? I find it the simplest partition tool I've ever met.
    – Pavel S.
    Sep 6, 2011 at 14:41
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    If I may ask, what makes gparted confusing? The other tools out there are command line or more confusing
    – Thomas Ward
    Sep 6, 2011 at 14:41
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    My advice: If GPartEd is too confusing for you, LETS YOUR HARD DISK AS IT IS! GPartEd is one of the easiest tools to partition your hard drive. And if you haven't got enough computer knowledge to work with GPartEd, you'd probably screw up your hard drive and lose all your data in an instant.
    – RobinJ
    Sep 6, 2011 at 15:04
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    Gparted for me is easier than the windows versions like Power Quest Partition Magic or the one that comes by default. It is one of the eaiest I have seen and that includes the ones specific made for Seagate, Maxtor and the likes. I really suggest from my experience to give it a chance a learn from it since the rest will be harder or more confusing. And for your question Gparted IS a good partitioner and easy to use if you give it 5 minutes at least. Sep 6, 2011 at 15:31
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    @michael durrant -- what is the use case -- i.e., what are you needing the tool to do?
    – belacqua
    Sep 6, 2011 at 17:12

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Popular terminal-based partition tools are:

  1. parted
  2. fdisk
  3. cfdisk
  4. sfdisk

BTW, to list it I just typed apropos partition. It's really handy command.

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    While those are indeed alternatives, I'd hardly consider them "less confusing" than GParted; but to each their own, I guess :) Sep 6, 2011 at 16:14
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    i like this answer the best. I didn't specify less confusing alternatives and although that is implied it also means 'rating' the alternatives. I like this answer for other users. Sep 7, 2011 at 15:28

gnome-disk-utility. This is a personal opinion but I find it to be quite easy than gparted. I think it is installed by default as well.

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    Disk utitlity is nice, but does not provide some options, for example partition resizing. Or does it? For me, it's more "read" tool, just for getting information about my disks.
    – Pavel S.
    Sep 6, 2011 at 15:32
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    @Pavel S.: OTOH, it has a more user-friendly interface for the more common tasks, such as labelling a FS. Sep 6, 2011 at 16:15

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