The arrangement of data for storage or display, also used as a term to empty a partition.

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Would interrupting a partitioning process cause my Hard Drive to become bad? Can I fix it with a full format?

I was trying to partition my hard drive to install windows 7 without losing data, but I thought the process had locked up so I stopped it and restarted my computer. I tried again and it worked, but ...
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What is the best drive format to share data between Mac, Linux and OS X?

Note: I'm not asking how... I know that. I'm currently using Paragon Software's drivers which let you access all drive formats from all OSes (e.g. the Linux drive from OSX or the OSX drive from Win7, ...
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Does long-format in Windows zero-write the hard drive?

Specifically, I am long-formatting to ExFAT. Is this filling my external HDD with zeros? If not, how can I do this with a 230GB SATA hard drive in an external USB caddy?
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exFAT to NTFS formatting troubles

I recently ran a chkdsk on 2.5" 230GB SATA HDD but the plug was pulled before the end of the chkdsk and since then it wouldn't boot up. Deciding to scrap all data on the HDD (no longer needed it), I ...
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how format a usb drive in the right way? (FAT 32 to NTFS)

I bought two usb drives (8 GB) a few days ago. One of them is HP a v245L - 8 GB and the other one is a Silicon Power - 8GB. Their format was FAT32, so i reformatted them to ntfs with my windows 7 ...
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Complete Format [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Securely erasing all data from a hard drive I am using Windows 7 64bit on normal HD drives. SATA 2. I don't have a boot disc or copy of Windows. I want to complete ...
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cannot format bad hard disk

I think I have a problem with my hard drive. I tried to boot the system, and it was taking a long time. After a while it said that the drive was not bootable. I tried running check disk, but it was ...
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How do I display the available disk space of a mount in specific format?

I would like to display the available disk space of a mount in xx% format, For example: sh-3.1$ df -h /opt/Application/Disk1/ Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on ...
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Cannot Format Hard Drive Windows 7

Hi I have a problem in a laptop of mine that suddenly stopped working and keeps on telling me to launch repair Wizard and then restarts again. I am trying to just format the hard drive. I have burned ...
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Disc Format Settings for Video DVDs

Does anyone know what disc settings are required for video DVDs? There are plenty of programs that can simplify writing a video DVD (ie Book B, a disc playable on a traditional standalone DVD player) ...
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Which video format requires least transcoding for versatile media streaming

I know this question is related a bit to this here, but I have a more specific aim. I want to stream videos (in 1080p quality with multiple sound channels) to different devices (iOS, Xbox 360, PS3, ...
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How can I produce a single document for a multitude of formats and screen sizes?

I've been writing a Word document that I want to distribute online. However, I want the document to be accessible to everyone, including People who want to print it on A4/Letter from PDF. Note that ...
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Vim tabs: When using Vim, how do you make it so that ALL your files you manipulate from now on will have 4-space tabs with vertical tab marks?

I just copied over (recursively) a directory from a remote machine and would like to work on the files on my own computer. However, whenever I used Vim remotely, every tab automatically did two ...
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Missing space on Flash drive (USB) - Can't reformat it also

I have a flash drive which is given as a freebie. I don't know who manufactured it. It got infected by a virus. I am trying to reformat it but I am always receiving a "Windows was unable to complete ...
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did not find any hard disk

I just bought a laptop. It came with Windows Vista Home. I wasn't that happy with the performance so I decided to downgrade to XP. I used a USB to USB cable and formated the hard drive. I booted from ...
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What does sfdisk do, and how does it compare to fdisk or parted?

I was looking over documentation for ZFS for Linux and I came accross a command that the instructions tell me to run to prepare a disk for use. The command was; sfdisk -q /dev/zvol/tank/fish ...
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What disk image should I use with VirtualBox, VDI, VMDK, VHD or HDD?

Latest versions of VirtualBox supports several formats for virtual disks, but they forgot to provide a comparison between them. VDI VMDK VHD HDD Now, I am interested about a recommendation or ...
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Cannot write, format, nor erase flash drive

I have a 4gig flash drive, which I can read from but not write on, erase, nor format in any computer (tried in 7 different computers including xp, vista, and win7). I want to erase all the data ...
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How to format External Western Digital hard disk when all NTFS boot sectors cannot be written to

I want to format my external hard drive which is a Western Digital 500GB, through cmd dos command. But it fails because all NTFS boot sectors are not writable. Here are the commands I gave and what I ...
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When drafting a new Word page, the line spacing shows as double spaced, even though I only push enter once

When typing a new document in Word 2010, when I press the "Enter" key, the text on the screen jumps down as if I pressed the key twice (or want a double space) inbetween the text lines. Example, ...
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How can I pretty print erb in BBedit indenting rails tags and not just markup?

I want to re-indent my code but the rails tags <% foo %> get aligned to the left with no indentation. What I'm using is: markup > utilities > format > pretty print Does anyone know if ...
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“theora_encode_init failed” when converting FLV to OGG Theora video using FFmpeg

How can I use FFmpeg to convert a flash video (.flv) to an OGG Theora video to display in HTML 5? When I tried using ffmpeg -i dayinthelife.wmv -vcodec libtheora -acodec libvorbis -b 750k ...
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How do I backup a partition?

I want to backup a partition of my present harddisk to another hard-disk. If I use Windows Backup, it only offers to backup the system drive. I have a partition/drive which contains some precious ...
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“You need to format your disk before you can use it” when hard disk is plugged in

When I plug in my hard disk it says, "you need to format your disk before you can use it" but when I click format, it says "Windows could not finish the format" that means my hard disk spoil? I can't ...
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Reformat soft RAID-5 Ubuntu

I built a linux (Ubuntu) box a year ago and decided to have some fun and use a soft RAID 5. I followed the instructions here. Things seemed to work fine, but now it's time to reformat the computer ...
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Seagate FreeAgent Portable Drive suddenly doesn't want to open

I have a Seagate FreeAgent Portable Drive. It was fine yesterday night when I was using it but this morning when I plugged it in, my computer didn't autoplay it and when I clicked it on the computer, ...
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How to change the font of the heading number in Microsoft Word 2003?

How do you change the font of the heading number? If I get into the Styles and Formatting tab, then click on the drop down arrow of the heading I want to modify, and then edit the font in the Modify ...
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MIcrosoft Word 2003 - Can you import heading styles from other Microsoft Word documents?

For some reason, my copy of Microsoft Word 2003 has its headings all strange-like. I have a document with much nicer headings that I want to use. Is there an easy way to import these to my Word 2003 ...
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How to recognize that data on HDD have been recovered after format (NTFS)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recover data loss from accidental quick format Best undelete tool for NTFS/FAT? I have a question if I am able to recognize that data on HDD have been recovered after ...
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How can I format my harddrive in FreeDOS?

I zero'd out my hard drive with something called kill disk. It unfortunately doesn't have a format option. So now my hard drive is basically 20GB of unallocated space. When I boot from my USB (which ...
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My laptop takes ages to startup, after recent format. Whats up?

After a boot sector crash, I formatted my hard drive and reinstall Windows 7 from scratch. Although my laptop now takes ages to startup (about 10-15mins!) and after I'm logged in, everything lags! ...
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Format PC without losing the data [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Clean (re)install of Windows 7 Is there a way to format PC (Windows, Windows 7 to be precise) without losing the data in it?
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Downloadable map data usable in applications [closed]

I wish to create a small pathfinder application with maps. Where can I download navigation European map data and find documentation about their formats?
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Installing Windows ME on a PC with a damaged floppy

I have a huge problem, I want to install Windows ME on an old PC, but I really dont know how. I have installed XP a million times, but WinMe is different, can you help me install WinMe without a ...
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How to format a pen drive in linux

My pendrive has become read only. I want to format it using Linux - how do I do that? If I run mkfs.vfat \dev\sdc1, it doesn't work.
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Formatting destination HDD with an unattend.xml file from WDS

When deploying a Windows 7 image using WDS, everything is as I'd like it to be apart from having to choose the drive and format it. If I forget to do this it installs over the existing partition. I ...
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How to format Ext2 in Windows XP?

I want to format my USB stick to ext2. I have following tools installed. But don't know how to use them for my case: Cygwin – I'm just a starter and not surely know how to use. (mkfs is also ...
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Recover Windows 7 license key from formatted drive

I recently performed a fresh install of Windows 7 on my computer, but only as I deleted the old partition (that contained my old Windows 7 install) did I remember I hadn't extracted my Windows ...
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How can I access the files on my 16 GB SDHC card?

I own a Nikon camera which I use with a Transcend 16 GB SDHC card. The camera possesses a built-in formatting tool and everything just works, and I am able to take pictures and they are saved to the ...
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Formatting a hard drive for just OS X using a PC?

I'm looking to format an external hard drive for use exclusively Mac OS X (for use with the time machine feature), but the Mac that I'm using is too slow to format the entire harddrive. Considering ...
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RAW to NTFS (Data already recovered so not important)

Recently something went wrong with my external WD passport. It is not accesible anymore in Win 7 and the type is now currently RAW. I recovered all the data so formatting it is no issue. I tried ...
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Is UDF an ok substitute for ext3?

I'm thinking of doing the UDF thing to share files between windows and linux. Is UDF a viable option for /home Is UDF a viable option for / Can windows XP correctly read sparse files I created in ...
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How to recover formatted drive data [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best undelete tool for NTFS/FAT? I was making partition in my computer and computer turned off by mistake. When I started my computer there was only one drive instead of ...
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Restoring a SD card after using it to root a device

I recently purchased the Nook Touch reading device. I rooted it using the instructions on nookdevs.com Rooting included using win32diskimager to somehow transfer an .img file onto the card. Rooting ...
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How to stop automatic conversion from text to hyper links?

How to stop in Excel automatic conversion from text to hyper links with formatting style? I know that this feature is good in most cases, but I work on report creation and I have problem with long ...
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Can I restore my laptop to my company's domain after formatting?

Right now my laptop is using Windows XP Professional 32-bit, and I have a copy of Win7 Pro 32-bit that I want to install. I would prefer a clean install, as I do not need any of the software on my XP ...
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Mounting Image into pendrive resulted in loss of size

I have downloaded a image file of Chromium OS and mounted it into my pen drive (4GB) using Ultra ISO software. It occupied 2GB of my drive. Later I formatted the same in Windows using FAT32 but even ...
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How to format linux filesystem within Windows 7?

I have a PC that once had Ubuntu Linux installed on it across 2 SATA hard drives. The first hard drive had the root ( / ) and swap on it. The second had ( /home ) directory as mount point. This ...
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eBook to JAR format for mobile phone

Is there any way I can convert my eBooks to .jar files? Even if the "eBook" is simply a .txt file. (Calibre can convert between various eBook formats, including .txt and HTML. It has the best ...
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Mac HDD secure format options and bad sectors

I heard that if we format HDD with "Zero Out Data" option, then it also takes care of bad sectors and marks them and re-maps them to other blocks. Is it true? If it is then 7-Pass or 35-Pass would do ...