Process of preparing a disk for storing data. Specifically, "high-level formatting" involves the creation of a new file system and/or a boot sector.

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Can I back-up to partition to restore my computer to factory settings?

I have a VAIO model VPC-F11JFX/B. I want to restore it to factory settings (instead of formatting it so I can keep the programs it comes with like VAIO Care). I have like 20 GB of data so I can't copy ...
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Flatten Word document

I have a document with some precise formatting, created in Word. This doc was converted to PDF for distribution. Now the original is lost, and reconverting to Word using a PDF to word add-on from ...
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Is there a way to insert a formatted calculation into Excel 2010 without using an image?

I am maintaining a list of database column names, notes, and their calculations in an Excel 2010 spreadsheet. The calculations are included so as to document how to derive the values for the various ...
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In Emacs, how to reformat an edited paragraph so the line breaks are properly reinserted?

In Emacs, I have a paragraph of text, which is already properly wrapped at, say 79th column on each row, then you edit it, adding some text on some of the rows, how to reformat the edited paragraph so ...
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Can the serial number printed on the COA sticker of a Sony laptop be used with other Windows 7 install disks?

I want to reinstall Windows 7 on my Sony Vaio laptop using a generic OEM Windows 7 disk to avoid Sony's crapware because they're a pain to remove. However, I've heard mixed results regarding the use ...
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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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Create ext3 partition on external drive from Windows 7

Are there free CLI tools for Windows (7) which allow me to partition and format an ext3 file system on a external USB drive from Windows natively? I am not looking for a solution with a bootable live ...
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Can a magnet be used to fix an “unformattable” floppy disk?

Sometimes a floppy disk (or other magnetic media like it) won’t read or write properly. Specifically, a format won’t work an gives various errors such as Unable to write track 0 or opening the disk in ...
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USB flash drive showing “disk not formatted” error?

When I attempt to access the files of my USB flash drive after connect it to my PC running Windows 7, it shows format error saying that it is not formatted. Any way to fix this error?
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Weirdly-formatted drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I make a USB flash drive appear/not appear as a CD drive? I have a 2GB flash drive that was a freebie giveaway at some HP event. The drive works fine, except that ...
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IMEI number formatting in Excel

I'm trying to format IMEI numbers in Excel according to RIM (Blackberry) conventions: XXXXXX.XX.XXXXXX.X I enter them in excel without any periods and use the "special format" cell properties so it ...
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Excel VBA Function for Value AND Format Lookup

I need a custom function to lookup both a cell value and copy the source format. I have a list of values in two columns. The first is of integers and the second column is the corresponding text ...
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File specifications for HTML folder --> Kindle?

OK, so on the Kindle website there's all about how to go from .doc --> HTML --> kindle. But I write primarily in HTML, which is what Kindle uses in the first place, so it seems silly to convert to ...
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Format PC without losing Windows 7 license [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows activation with planned reinstall I have a windows 7 intallation that I got from MSDN. The thing is that I want to format my PC and reinstall windows 7. At first ...
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Make Data Un-formatable on USB Devices

Sometimes ago one of my friends, copied some pictures in my USB, then He made them hidden by a software. After that He did a trick (which I did not understand). After that He told me those hidden ...
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Does anyone have an original Word 2003 normal.dot file?

I'm running Microsoft Office XP Small Business which has Word 2003. I need to know what the Original Default settings were in normal.dot for Paragraph Formatting, specifically: Indentation: Special: ...
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Appending the partitions structure of a system

Let's say I received a computer with Windows XP installed, and it has 3 partitions. I want to upgrade the PC to a Windows 7 installation, and also change the partitions structure to only 1 big ...
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How do I fix my USB drive to get its original 8GB size back?

My USB drive used to be originally 8GB when I bought it. I'm trying to reformatted in Windows 7 by right clicking on the drive and selecting Format.... But the capacity only shows 250MB. Is there ...
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How to rescue Compact Flash card that has been corrupted by a bad formatting

I used my CompactFlash card as a boot drive to install Snow Leopard for my laptop a while ago. To do that I had to repartition it to HFS+ with a GUID partition table. When partitioning it back to ...
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Why is the right side of the cell not also highlighted?

I have a link on my website that, when I click on it in Chrome v16.0.912.75 or Safari v5.0.6 (5533.22.3) becomes highlighted by a blue border. The link html is as follows: <li><a href="...
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Truecrypt partly encrypted

My friend tried to encrypt his external hard drive with Truecrypt in Windows 7, but he realized that he forgot the password, so he stopped the encryption at ~30%. Is there a way for him to at least ...
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Why don't I need to format and partition a CD or DVD before writing files to it?

Every time that I need to use a Flash USB drive, SD card or a HDD I must format it and create a partition before using it, such as NTFS, FAT, FAT32, etc. So this makes me raise some doubts: Why don'...
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Notepad++: I want to highlight questions in multiple colors?

I've written a script in Notepad++, and I want to highlight individual lines based on who is speaking. I'm just trying to find a place where I can change text color or background color for individual ...
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Formatting code with line numbers

Looking for a way to format my code in MS Word I found this question on Stack Overflow and combined the two high rated answers to create an openDocument with the code keeping its formatting: Go ...
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How do you get Thunderbird's replies to show up at the top of the email?

How do you get Thunderbird's replies to show up at the top of the email, rather than the bottom? I have provided an example below: Initial email: On 1/11/2012 5:17 PM, m*@n***.com wrote: How did ...
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Missing space on (relatively) new SSD

I recently cloned my old 100 GB hard drive (~90 gigs used) onto a new 256 GB solid state drive. In my negligence, I created a single partition on the new drive that was just about the whole capacity ...
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Block size and llf

I read that low level formatting is done before you even receive the disk. This determines the block size. It also says that block sizes are fixed. Are really not allowed to change the blocks size ...
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Format main OS hard drive with non-standard allocation unit size before restoring Ghost image

I want to try formatting my main internal hard drive with NTFS using an allocation unit size of 64 KB instead of the default 4KB. Then I have a Windows 7 Ghost image that I will be restoring to the ...
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Is disk Format equivalent to TRIM on all blocks of SSD

I wonder what happens to SSD disk if I format it in Windows. Does it replace old data with new data or tells it to erase data just like TRIM command without filling anything instead ? I want to use ...
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From Windows Vista to 7, can I get rid of folder Windows.old?

I've just changed my laptop OS from Windows Vista to Windows 7. I didn't choose to have both OS together, I just want to have Windows 7. I was specting Windows 7 instalation program to format/clean ...
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Please explain wasted space on an exFAT formatted external hard drive [duplicate]

I recently bought a 750 GB 2.5" hard drive and put it in an external enclosure. It has Advanced Format Technology (AFT), but I use Windows 7, so I assumed I would be safe. I decided to try exFAT, ...
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Pasting HTML table into Excel 2007 without modifying the format of each cell

I have a table in HTML having cells storing numbers like 123.0,123.00. When I use ctrl-A to copy the whole page into excel, 123.0 and 123.00 are all changed to 123, which is not something I want to ...
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Transferring programs after formatting Windows 7

I'm planning on formatting my pc, but I'm really not looking forward to redownloading and reinstalling my programs, as I have a download cap of about 80GB, and my games are ±50GB. Is there any way to ...
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Large Number, Abbreviated Formatting

Consider the following scenario. I have a data column that contains a large list of numeric, whole number values. Some of these values are comparatively small (i.e. 1,000) while others are very ...
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Format USB Flash Drive to be compatible on Windows, Linux and OS X [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which Large File System Format to use for USB Flash drive compatible with Ubuntu/Mac/Windows? I am trying to copy my data from Linux (Fedora ) to Windows OS? My 16 gb usb ...
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Formatting a Drive in Windows XP vs. Windows 7 [closed]

Are there any differences between formatting a drive in Windows XP vs. 7?
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moving secondary hard drive to another computer build

Say I'm using a secondary hard drive on one computer build and I just built another computer with different motherboard, different CPU, and same OS. Can I move my secondary hard drive from my old PC ...
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“Correct” way of UDF formatting a USB drive

I managed to UDF format my USB drive following the instructions in Using UDF on a USB flash drive. Later, I came by this post and I began to doubt... Could anyone explain which would be the "best" ...
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Changing data series line weights in Excel chart (many at once)

Is there a way to edit the weight of all lines at once on an Excel line chart? I have a graph with about 50 data series on it, and it's too much to go through all of them and change the weights ...
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How to format system drive of windows XP without cd drive

My sister is giving away her old computer. The data is non-sensitive, however she'd rather give it away empty. The computer is disconnected from the internet, does not have a CD drive anymore and runs ...
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Quick windows install on several pc's? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: what is sysprep? how is it useful? I often have to format/install Windows 7 on several pc's (laptops mainly) what's the quickest way to install? DVD / USB install is slow.
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What does “full format operation” do to a disk?

I ran a "full format operation" (unchecked "quick format") on my disk. Does this remove data in a secure way? I have read answers for related questions and looked on Wikipedia, but am still unclear ...
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Excel elapsed time format

In Excel, given a number representing some amount of time (e.g. 25.5 hours), is there a way to format it so that it shows as 1d 1h 30m? Bounty question : Is there a way to add months to this format? ...
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Why does the debian installer erase the swap when encrypting?

I am installing a new copy of debian squeeze. I decided to use an encrypted Lvm this time. I noticed that is taking a really really long time to format the drive. It says it is erasing partition #5 ...
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copying word/powerpoint equations into mathematica notebook presentation slides

I am trying to copy mathematical equations/content that I wrote in Word using the Office equation editor into a Mathematica notebook slide as a Mathematica presentation. I tried copying the equations ...
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How to set back the USB device to its factory state?

I've a 2GB Kingston USB drive. I'm using it on USB audio device and two days ago its started to hanging at some tracks. So I format the device and copy-paste the tracks again but the result was same. ...
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How do I reformat an unmountable/unrecognised/unformatted USB drive?

How do I reformat an unmountable/unrecognised/unformatted USB drive? It will not mount or format on Windows Vista or OSX Tiger. Disk Utility sees the hardware, but no partition to mount. Testdisk ...
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How to revert formated partition?

While installing Windows 7, I accidently formatted a partition (D drive) while I was trying to install Windows on the system partition (C drive). I know that it is possible to revert this situation, ...
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1 GB space left, even after formatting a 16 GB flash drive?

My 16 GB USB flash drive (SanDisk Cruzer SDCZ36-016G BL1008OFZB) got corrupted and I was going to format it, when I saw the setting for size only had one element in its dropdown menu: 1.00 GB. ...
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Word 2010 Equations Alter Themselves without my Approval

I regularly use Microsoft Word 2010 to write long, technical documents. One of many annoyances is that equations alter themselves without my approval. For instance, characters sometimes completely ...