Topic: Delete partition table?
Maybe I'm just missing something.
Looking at both the current online documentation for gparted and also at the GUI, I see that it is easily possible to -create- a fresh new partition table on a given device, but for the life of me, I don't see any button or knob that would allow me to either -delete- or -replace- an existing partition table.
Seems rather non-symmetric to me.
Did I just miss something?
This comes up for me from time to time. Like, for example, I'll have an old drive with a GPT on it, and I want to change it to MBR, or vise versa.
Do I really have to shut dow the whole system, boot some flavor of *nix, and then dd a bunch of blocks full of /dev/null to the device in order to kill off an existing partition table?
P.S. I don't know much about this stuff, but as I understand it, fully killing off a GPT partitioning table can be somewhat non-straightforward, in that one may have to overwrite the copy of the GPT that is at the start of the drive, and then also, for completness, write zeros also over the backup copy of the GPT that sits at the far end of the drive. Is that correct? If so, then fully zapping an existing GPT gets tricky, and this is exactly the kind of thing where I would most hope that gparted would ride to the rescue and help me to get the job done properly.
In short, I guess that I am stating a new feature request. Please implement partition table deletion. And please handle the annoying/tedious parts in the case of GPT deletion. Thanks.