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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Will the files of other drives be deleted when formatting a dual-boot machine

I use both Windows and Linux on my computer by dual-booting. I also have 3 drives. On one I have Windows, on the other there is Linux and on the third one are my files (documents, pictures etc.). Now, ...
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Use Excel Color Scale Formatting with Text

I use Excel sheets to track the status of tasks through a set of discrete statuses. I'd like to be able to format these automatically, with the start being red, the end being green and progressing ...
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Partitioning a hard drive with Linux already installed

well I have a problem with my current linux installation where it freezes the entire system when I try to write to my external USB 2.0 hard drive. I think it might be a bug with NTFS but I don't want ...
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iMac dual-booting Mavericks and Windows 8.1, trying to extend 8.1 partition

So once upon a time, I had 2 partitions: 800GB for OS X, and 200 for Windows 8. With the 8.1 update, I would like to start using Windows more, and I proceeded to free up 300GB of OS X space, which is ...
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Recommended Settings To Format USB Sticks

I have always formatted USB sticks (aka flash or jump drives) to the default settings that Windows suggests. Do these settings provide the best performance? Under what situations should they be ...
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How to quickly format a HDD with bad sectors (in linux)?

I have a SATA HDD, which has bad sectors. I do not need the data, and need to format the HDD to create a fresh device. I tried to repair the HDD problem with commands like fsck.ext4 -p /dev/sda1 ...
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Clean install vs disk image

Once a year I am making a clean install on windows, in order to keep my system fast. After posting a question on making a bootable windows usb with exe programs where I was adviced to make a disk ...
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Is it possible to install Windows from a external hard drive without losing data?

I want to install Windows from my external hard drive (using a tool such as Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool). However, I don't want to lose the data I already have stored on the HD. Is it possible? ...
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Windows 7 not installing over preinstalled ubuntu

I bought a laptop recently and had ubuntu 12.04 pre installed. I wanted to install windows 7 so I wrote gparted live cd and booted into it, and formatted all the 3-4 partitions containing ubuntu, ...
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Delete only lateral edge in MS-excel?

Is it possible to delete only the lateral edges in a excel matrix? In the attacched image you can see tha matrix and you can notice that is almost impossible to delete left/right formatted edges ...
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Excel Copying Conditional Formatting

I need to copy conditional formating down a column. The values are based on VLOOKUP formulas. When I compare J2 to F2, everything works. When I copy the Formatting down the column, every cell is ...
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When plugging a cell phone into my PC, I always get a Windows warning “You need to format the disk before you can use it”

I have a Motorola Atrix phone (although I don't believe this is relevant to the issue). My PC is running Windows 7. When I plug the phone into the USB slot I always get the modal warning dialog that ...
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Adjacent cells replicate format of previous cell

I have a basic spreadsheet set up to monitor my outgoings. When something clears my account I color the relevant cell in so I know its accounted for. However since I upgraded my Office, whenever I ...
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Excel does not accept custom cell format for cents

I have a spreadsheet containing cent amounts, and I am trying to format the amounts such that the last two zeroes are separated from the rest of the figure by a space, and from then on thousands are ...
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How does hard drive formatting work? [duplicate]

What exactly happens when you format/wipe a hard drive ? Is it overwritten with random data or something else ? Is the format process the same for all types of hard drives and for all brands ? Also, ...
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Alphanumeric cell format (using custom format)

I want to display an alphanumeric code in this format: A/DDDDD/DDDD Where A is letter and D is digit. If there are less digits, a leading 0 should be displayed. Example: W/1/1 displays: ...
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Thunderbird formatting emails with odd tabs upon sending / saving as drafts

We use Thunderbird as the desktop mail client on a couple of machines, the actual emails server is gmail (Google apps for business) we connect via imap. The problem we are having is sometimes when ...
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Formulas and icons in Excel

In Microsoft Excel 2007 and am attempting to track vehicle mileage I’m looking for Excel to calculate mileage until service, from two cells, and output 3 different icons or colors to been easily ...
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Pro & cons of different format/file system solutions for Hard Disk [closed]

I'm recently migrated to Mac and my HD is NTFS so I can't use it. I would like to know what are the pro and cons of different formats for Hard Drive and generally for mass storage device. I work with ...
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Cannot delete files or format MicroSD card

I have a 2 GB SanDisk MicroSD card. I normally use this card in my Nikon camera but ever since I used it in a Brother printer, I cannot delete any of the files, write or format the card. I've ...
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Why doesn't the Windows XP installer give me the option to format the hard disk?

I'm trying to re-install Windows XP on my computer which only has 1 partition (C:). The problem comes up when there is no format option during the installation process. I'd like to know how could I ...
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Cannot select an allocation unit size less than 4096 bytes for 1 TB mechanical hard drive

I am trying to format a brand new 1TB Western Digital blue mechanical hard drive using Windows 7 Disk Management. It is not giving me the option to select an allocation unit size less than 4096 bytes, ...
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Extend Excel Formula Without Overwriting Background Color

In Excel 2010, how can I extend a formula down (updating cell references) and avoid overwriting the background and fonts of the cells below it? For example, if I have the following Excel spreadsheet ...
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impossible to format a RAW usb flash drive

I was trying to format my flash USB that is a RAW format. When I plug it windows asks me to format the USB I choose format I choose slow format but after 6 hours not even 1% done. I tried quick ...
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How to show 11 instead of 11.9655 in excel?

I have a formula(=O6/J6) which resulting 11.9655. But after reducing decimal it's showing 12. I want to display only 11 and it should be without decimal. It should be look like this:- ...
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Format USB drive to NTFS/FAT from UDF

I formatted a USB drive UDF to boot an ISO image and now I can't find a way to get it back to being in NTFS/FAT or another usable format. Do I need a 3rd party tool?
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I've deleted some cells and cleared everything out and it keeps reverting back to DATE format

I've never changed formatting to date: I always keep it in General unless I need to make it different. Since my last Update, everything now changes to date when I either copy, paste, or when I ...
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Is it possible to have a clear clean up of Windows XP without formatting the drive?

I want to install a fresh Windows 7 but I don't want totally format the current drive with Windows XP since there are many other files but I don't have that many free space to move the stuff out. Is ...
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need advice on USB bootable Format tools

I need some tool to use with my work incoming weeks i have to format like hundreds of PCs i have 64 mb USBdrive i need to put it too good use in this work.so tool have to be below 64 mb As far ...
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Word 2010: unsolicited white space

I'm using Office Word 2010 on a Windows 7 (64 bit) OS. I've got a large document with multiple tables and images (some of which are grouped). I've managed to lock each table or image into the ...
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Method to format HDD with a USB (Without boot into window install Just DOS on boot screen)

anyone know how to like i want to plug the Flash Drive in then PC boot from it then DOS come up press Enter 2-3 times and Everything Gone. :) i try to find this and alway end up with method ...
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Solid State Drive suddenly stopped working

I had SSD in my desktop and I had Windows 7 installed in it. Week age computer asked to restart to install the updates and I did. After that computer didn't boot. Finally I found that my SSD is not ...
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How format and re-install new OS on Sony VAIO

I bought a new Sony VAIO SVE17135CXB and I want to format the whole drive, set up partitions and install clean OS. But i have couple of questions before I do that: Do I have to do this like I would ...
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Using ext4 hard drive on Windows XP Pro machine?

Have an old laptop with Windows XP Pro and a new one with Linux Mint 13 LTS. I want to transfer my personal files from the old machine to the new one. Firstly I thought using crossover cable but I ...
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Is it possible to split text over two lines in MS Word

Firstly, sorry if the title is not very accurate, I couldn't think of a better way to describe this problem. I am working on a CV and would like use a format similar to a pdf that was produced via a ...
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Unused Disk after new Windows 7 Install

I have a really big problem.I currently had 2 hard drives, disk0 and disk1. I bought a Western Digital 1TB hard-disk a while ago and installed it on Windows 8 and it was placed as my disk 2. I put ...
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Display time difference - Formatting

I have a table of times and a formula that works out the difference between the times but having some difficulties formatting the output. For example I would like: # Time Gap 1 ...
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Is there a way to preformat a message in lotus notes?

I frequently send e-mails regarding inventory with a very particular format. I'm trying stationary and am wondering is there something that checks if the right number of characters are entered for the ...
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Formula to format a cell to subtract one decimal place from another cell and have the calculated results displayed

I have a value in one cell that has four decimal places, in the cell below, I have the metric conversion formula. I want the cell below, with the metric conversion formula to display one less ...
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Formatting C: (windows 7) on an already partitioned hard drive

I'm thinking about formatting my hard drive which is running windows 7. I partitioned it a while ago so I could dual boot with windows 8, so basically right now my drive is separated for use with both ...
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Formatting an unused system drive in Windows 7

I have two system drives on my laptop. The drive that I am currently using is "C" drive which is working fine. I have another system drive called "D" which was used earlier by me, but now it is ...
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How to convert text to numbers for all cells in a spreadsheet?

I have a spreadsheet containing values that are entered as text by having an apostrophe ' in front. I tried the search and replace function, but for some reason it couldn't find those cells containing ...
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CONDITIONAL FORMATTING for First SIX characters, ALL duplicates Highlight

How do I use CONDITIONAL FORMATTING for the First SIX characters ? I want ANY and ALL duplicates of the First SIX Characters highlighted. I need a formula but cannot figure out what formula to ...
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Format a protected disk

I have an external HD that I want to format. The disk doesn't appear in the device list, neither in xp, nor in Windows7. Here's what I did so far: Ubuntu: Ubuntu sees it but I can't mount it, nor ...
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Formatting Times (durations) in Excel

Does anyone have a good quick way of entering times, specifically durations, NOT time of day, into Excel? All of the times in this case will be short, minutes and seconds. Nothing as long as an ...
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USB thumbdrive write protected. Cannot reformat

I accidentally pulled out my USB stick while formatting. Now when I insert it, a window pops-up saying it needs formatting. But formatting fails because it says that the stick is write protected. I ...
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How to find the programming done for cells / worksheets in Excel, to be able to set precision?

I have a drawing in SolidEdge software, where the dimensions of the drawing are exported to Microsoft Excel. It has a column where various dimensions of the drawing are given in various forms in every ...
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Windows 8 - Do I need any installation CD(s) to reset my PC?

I want to format a used computer I just picked up at a yard sale. It has Windows 8 Pro with Media Center installed on it. When I was going through the options and setting it up, I noticed a screen ...
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Change the Default Date setting in Word 2010

I am using Word 2010 and Windows 7. You know how when you start typing a date in Word it will automatically suggest what it thinks you want? Like if I start typing “6/29”, a little grey bubble will ...
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Couldn't find NTLDR. the file is possibly corrupt. the header checksum doesn't match the computed checksum [closed]

I am trying to format a PC. If the brand and model are needed let me know in the comments. I tried installing Windows 7 but during the expanding Windows files step the computer froze. So I forced a ...