how to partition a hard drive

Raw hard drives should be partitioned and formatted to use. When you use a hard disk partitioning software, you may be confused about some concepts such as primary partition, extended partition, logical disk. All partition managers assume you know well about these concepts before partitioning a hard drive. This is unfair to most users because all they want to do is partitioning the hard drive into several sub-parts(volumes) which have no difference among them except the size. Moreover, most partition tools follow the following steps to create partitions: select the “create new partition” option, specify the size, type(primary partition, extended partition, etc) of the partition (some partitioning software even ask you to specify the start/stop cylinder of the partition. Cylinder? Do you know what on earth it is?), then click “ok” to create a partition. Then follow the same step to create another partition. This is not what we do things usually. The most efficient way to do things conforms to a top-down strategy. As to hard disk partitioning, we would like to first have a big picture of what we gonna do, that is, specify how many sub-parts(volumes) you need for the hard disk. Then we may fine-tune each volume such as adjusting its capacity, type, etc. Bearing all the above considerations in mind, we developed PBD(Partition Bad Disk), an easy to use partition manager. Although the main object of this partitioning software is to isolate bad sectors from created partitions, it can be used as an ordinary but handy partition tool that has overcome the disadvantages mentioned before. In the following example, we use PBD to partition an external hard drive into four volumes.

First, right-click the diagram that represents the HDD, select “split to four parts” option,

Partition Bad Disk
The hard drive is then split to four parts.

partition tool
Right-click each part to assign it to a primary partition or a logical disk(do not pay much attention to their difference, PBD will take care of it. In this case we assign the first two blocks to primary partitions and the last two blocks to logical disks.)

partition software

partition hard drive

You can adjust the properties (such as size) of these HDD partitions in the partition list below.

create hdd partition

Ok, it is almost done! Just click “Next” button to save the results to the hard drive, and you will see the new volumes in Windows explorer immediately.


clipboard manager

There are quite a few Windows clipboard alternatives in the market. But most clipboard managers are hard to use. Typically, these clipboard software have a dazzling GUI with many buttons or menu items that confuse even a software engineer. Most of their functionalities are those you will never use, and the important functionalities you really need are missing. For example, many clipboard software can only deal with text. Another problem of these clipboard managers is they are not easy to use. I mean how many mouse clicks/keyboard strokes you need to copy/paste an item? I saw some clipboard managers use Ctrl-VVV… to paste previous copied items or use complex key combinations to copy/paste, which is a hard task for ordinary people except you have very flexible fingers. Quick Multi-Copy was developed from the beginning with the ease of use bearing in mind. No dazzling GUI, no complicated settings. You copy/paste as you did in the past. Quick Multi-Copy will automatically store you copied to its clipboard. If you need to paste an item that is not the latest one, just hit one key(F1-F10 for ten previously copied items respectively). This is the clipboard manager that uses the least number of operations to do its job. And the clipboard of Quick Multi-Copy can contain any type of content including text, images, files, etc. The content of the clipboard is shown in its GUI for you to view and manage conveniently.

Clipboard History

We still cannot check clipboard history in Windows XP, Windows 7, or Windows 8. In fact, Windows clipboard can only store one item. If you copy a new item, it will cover the old item in Windows clipboard and the old one is lost. In many situations, it would be more convenient to maintain multiple items in clipboard. We need a clipboard manager that can show clipboard history for us. Quick multi-copy is such a clipboard software. As a Windows clipboard alternative, you can use Quick Multi-copy to store multiple items in clipboard, view clipboard history, selectively paste an item with a key(F1-F10), or delete one item or clear whole clipboard history. Quick multi-copy is something like Word clipboard history but you can fill it with any type of content such as texts, files, images, etc, and use it for any application besides Word.

copy paste tool

Copy and Paste are two basic operations in Windows. How do you copy and paste? You can copy and paste with your mouse. Right-click the item (for example a file) and choose the Copy option on the context menu to copy to clipboard; go where you want to paste the item, right-click and choose Paste option to paste the item there. Then how to copy and paste with keyboard? The copy and paste shortcuts are Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V, respectively. But Windows clipboard can contain one item only. If you need to store multiple items in a clipboard, you may try Quick Multi-Copy. So how to copy and paste with Quick Multi-Copy? It is very easy. Run Quick Multi-Copy, copy as you usually do(via context menu or keyboard shortcuts). You will see this copy paste tool stores every item you copied into its clipboard. Then go where you want to paste, hit F1-F10 to paste the item. You can view Quick Multi-Copy clipboard to see which key is associated with which item. The best part of this copy paste tool is that its clipboard can store any type of content, regardless of whether it is text, image, or file, etc.