I started out looking for a handy disk partitioning tool to repair a colleague’s ailing computer. I ended up finding a toolbox full of very handy repair and system maintenance apps. As a bonus, I got all of this packed into a nifty specialized Linux distro called “PartedMagic” that boots into RAM from a CD or USB drive. PartedMagic is compact and lightweight. Having a live distribution built around GParted is a failsafe way to use Linux to manage your computer’s hard disk. Normally, any OS will partition the hard drive as part of the installation process.