Topic: What GParted Could Have That Would Help
Gparted is pretty good, but it suffers some lacks, at least in my case. First, I have a 300 GB and two 500 GB hard drives in my PC. So it is painfully slow after any Applies that it does a rescan of all the partitions on all the drives. Why not just note which drive or drives is effected, and only rescan them to speed things up? And if you are only working with one partition, why not limit the rescan to just it? That would speed things up a lot.
Second, the Partition Table gets really whacky after some partitions are deleted, resized, added, and reformatted. The only option is to create a partition table, which effectively wipes the whole drive. Why not a Create New Partition Table, which restores the original 1 ... n sequence of Partition designations, but leave everything else as it is? That would be great.
Third, because the Partition Table gets all whacky. several Linux Distros now prefer to use the UUID method of identifying the particular partition. The suggestion above could take care of that, because the UUID method has its own concerns. One, being that resizing a partition or moving it involves a reformat, and the reformat creates a new and different UUID. Why isn't there an option to reuse the existing UUID for the same partition after it undergoes that reformat? Or allow the user to designate a UUID to use in its place? That would help a lot sometimes.
Fourth, since we are moving into the UUID world, why not have an option to show the existing UUID for each and any partition? If it can be determined what operating system is installed there, why not have a way to indicate that as well? All this would be of benefit.
Fifth, reveal the boot method that appears on certain partitions, with the option to copy that boot as-is to a different partition. On my PC, due to a certain issue with how the BIOS sees a mix of SATA and EIDE drives, what is designated as drive sda is actually sdb, and vice-versa. So grub ends up on the wrong drive (1, instead of 0). This would be an easy way to fix that by just copying it over. It would also be an easy way to cause a USB external or thumbnail drive to be updated to recognize internal drive installs as well, which might enhance some recovery processes.