gparted destroyed partition table
I am a very new Linux user and have installed Mepis 6 dual boot with xp.
The drive has separate partions for (a)xp; (b)linux; (c)linux swap; and (d)a general purpose linux partition for jpg, mp3 storage. All these are on the same disc drive
Partition (d) was a bit small so I used gparted to enlarge it with unallocated space on the drive.
Having completed the exercise I was confronted with something like, "..job completed with errors, please see details...". Unfortunately the details contained nothing. More importantly I discovered the partition table had been effectively deleted. I wound up reformatting the xp partition and restoring an image, so I could get on with vital things such as banking etc.
(I'm definitely not a computer expert but have like others, picked up bits of knowledge along the way.
Trawling through the web I discovered this (gparted) effect is not entirely an isolated incident. Consequently I'm wondering if any of the gparted developers have addressed this particular very important security issue.
Many people who would "like" to embrace Linux want to do so without either the worry of such events happening, nor the need for extensive technical knowledge of what's taking place under the engine hood so to speak.
For my part, I still don't know what happened.
My apologies if this is not the right place to air such comments but I am passionate enough about Linux and the concept of Open Source Software to want to see both the O.S and the various diagnostic tools etc put firmly into a more user friendly environment.