Cute Partition Manager v0.9.8 Review

A free disk partitioning tool

Cute Partition Manager is different than most of the other free partitioning tools we've used because instead of running from inside the operating system, like most regular software does, you instead have to boot from a disc or flash drive with the program installed on it instead.

Booting directly to a partition tool like Cute Partition Manager isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, in the world of partition management, it's often very helpful.

Unfortunately, while you're able to create, delete, and format partitions with Cute Partition Manager, it's just not as easy to use as other tools because there isn't a graphical interface — you have to use your keyboard to navigate around.

Keep reading for more of my thoughts and experiences using Cute Partition Manager:

Cute Partition Manager Pros & Cons

As we mentioned already, Cute Partition Manager is different than most partitioning tools... but not exclusively in good ways:

  • Works even if you don't have an operating system installed

  • Very small download size

  • Supports formatting in lots of different file systems

  • No graphical interface (can't use a mouse)

  • No advanced features (e.g., copying/moving data between drives)

  • Doesn't automatically save your changes (more on this below)

  • Must burn the software to a disc or flash drive before use

  • Doesn't update with new features/improvements

How to Use Cute Partition Manager

Cute Partition Manager v0.9.8

Cute Partition Manager is downloaded as a portable file called cpm.exe, which you can get from their download page. Opening this file will prompt you to create a bootable CD or DVD, a bootable floppy, or to extract out the ISO file for manual installation.

If you're planning on using an optical disc or floppy disk, choose either bootable options and follow the directions.

If you're planning on booting from a USB device, like a flash drive, or would like to burn the program to a disc yourself, choose the ISO image option.

Once you have the ISO file, burn the ISO image to a USB Device.

If you choose the ISO image option, the cpm.iso file will be created automatically in the C:\CPM\ folder.

Thoughts on Cute Partition Manager

Cute Partition Manager is kind of a strange program. While it's great for advanced users who feel comfortable with a non-graphical interface, it's not advanced in the sense that there aren't any features over and beyond the very basic, like creating, deleting, and formatting partitions.

We do like that it supports lots of file systems, which include FAT16/FAT32, NTFS (including hidden FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS) extended, Linux Swap, and EXT2/3/Resier, but there are lots of things we don't like about it.

Firstly, to change the disk you're working with, you must press F2. Otherwise, you just see one disk at once, which makes it far too easy to make changes to one that you don't want to make changes to. You have to really pay attention to the details you're given to make sure you're choosing the correct drive. The best way to do this is to look at the total size of the partitions to confirm you're making changes to the partition that you want.

We also don't like that you have to manually enter the exact size of the partition that you want to build. Most of the partitioning tools we've used that have a graphical interface will let you drag a slider left and right to make the partition smaller or larger, which we find to be much more user-friendly than just entering the size in a text field.

Another issue we have with Cute Partition Manager is that if you're making changes to a disk and then press F2 to change to a different one, the changes you made will be immediately lost, without warning, unless you had pressed F4 to save them.

Finally, there isn't a reboot or exit option, so when you're finished editing partitions, you're forced to restart manually and then remove the disc or floppy to boot back into the operating system.

Overall, Cute Partition Manager is a great program if you meet these requirements: You aren't afraid to use a non-graphical user interface, you only need very basic partitioning features, and you don't have an operating system already installed.