Chapter 3.1.7 KDE partition manager

KDE partition manager creates partitions and deletes partitions on your hard drives and solid state drives.

Warning

Deleting and creating new partitions can result in data loss so please back up your data before removing or creating partitions.

Version

Lubuntu ships with version 3.3.1 of partition manager.

Usage

To check the health of your hard drive or solid state drive on the Device ‣ SMART Status or by right clicking on the device in the side pane Smart Status.

You can see your disk usage for each partition graphically with the bars at the top with the shaded in part showing a bar graph as the percentage full of the partition and you can select each partition by left clicking on that section of the bar graph. The Column Size shows the size of the entire system while the Used column shows the amount of space used on the drive. The Type column lets you see which filesystem is on the partition.

On the side pane to the left you can switch between each different drive on the left with the name of each device.

To delete a partition left click on a partition to select it press Delete, Partition ‣ Delete, or right click and select Delete. To add a new partition in unallocated space right click on the To view statiscal information on a partition select the partition Partition ‣ Properties or right click on that partition Properites. To resize or move a partition press Control+R, Partition ‣ Resize/Move, or right click on the partition and select Resize/Move.

To change your partitions you will need to apply your changes later press the Apply button or Edit ‣ Apply. After pressing Apply a dialog will come up asking you to confirm and check this is what you want to do and then press Apply Pending Operations to apply these changes. To go back from this point press the Cancel button. To undo your your changes to your partitions press Control+Z, the Undo button, or Edit ‣ Undo. To clear your operations that have yet to been applied Edit ‣ Clear.

If you have say a new solid state drive that is not formatted you first need to put a partition table on it. A new partition data will get rid of all partitions on the disk which means no data will be visable anymore. Then you will need to create a partition on to store data. On unallocated space you can right click on the unalloacted space press the New button, Partition ‣ New, or press control+N. A window will popup saying with what type of settings to create the partition with. To change what filesystem you want to create will show in the File system: drop down menu. To change what size of partition you want to create change the Size: field. To create free space before the partition change the Free space before: field. To change free space after the partition change the Free space after field. To actually create the partition press the OK button while to cancel press the Cancel button.

If you have multiple drives on your system Device ‣ Select Current Device ‣ Desired Disk. To view information on the current drive such as what type of partition table or Logical size and smart status Device ‣ Properties. If you do not really see all your devices or current status press F5 or Tools ‣ Refresh Devices.

Screenshot

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How to launch

To launch kde partition manager from the System Tools ‣ KDE Partition Manager or run

partitionmanager

from the command line.

Customizing

To toggle showing a statusbar that shows pending operations check/uncheck the Settings ‣ Show Statusbar checkbox in the menu. To toggle showing your devices side pane check/uncheck the Settings ‣ Panels Shown ‣ Devices. To toggle showing informatoin about the currently selected partition check/uncheck the Settings ‣ Panels Shown ‣ Infromation checkbox in the menu. To toggle showing log output of check/uncheck the Settings ‣ Panels Show ‣ Log Output checkbox.