Questions tagged [formatting]

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. For text formatting, use [text-formatting].

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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 can I set Excel to always import all columns of CSV files as Text?

Though I try to avoid it, I occasionally have to open a CSV file in Excel. When I do, it formats columns containing numbers, which makes them useless for my purposes. As far as I can tell, the only ...
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Fix SD card that cannot be formatted

I have, not one but two microSD cards that my phone (Samsung Galaxy Young, Gingerbread OS) seem to have broken. One is 1GB and the other is 2GB. The 1GB one won't be formatted. When I put the 1GB one ...
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How do I recover files from an USB flash drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: flash drive ejected improperly- lost files I have a USB flash drive that claims it needs to be formatted every time I put it into my computer (Windows). Yesterday the drive ...
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Text formatter tools

I make notes in textual format, for example: ## TODO list 1. do this 2. do that ## SOMETHING ### ANYTHING 1. do this 2. do that Are there tools to change this text into HTML or LaTeX format? I ...
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Recovering a Partially Formatted USB Thumb Drive

I have a USB Thumb Drive that I was going to use to install Windows 7 with. While formatting the drive with the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool it failed leaving my USB drive in an unusable state. I ...
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Unable to format disk: 'The system cannot find the file specified'

I have a USB flash drive, which I may have mucked up, so I used DISKPART's CLEAN to clean it up. I created a simple volume, and tried to format it. (This is all using Windows' disk management.) I was ...
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USB drive not showing full size

I have a 4GB usb drive. Just now i have formatted it with fat filesystem. But after formatting its only showing 200MB instead of 4GB. I am using windows VISTA operating system. I am frightened. Can ...
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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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Reusing a USB Boot Drive - Format back to factory state?

I am trying to reuse a USB boot drive (Mac) for regular file storage on Windows ... when Windows detects it, it won't let me reformat to anything greater than a 40 MB or so - and this is an 8 GB drive....
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Excel displays ### for long text - what's wrong?

We've got an excel sheet with a pretty long text in one cell. Instead of line breaks (as set in the cell format), we get a long line of ####s. We can go back and forth by deleting and adding chars at ...
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What to do with a corrupted SD card: reformat it or trash it?

I recovered all the files from my corrupted SD card today. What should I do with it now? Reformat and continue using it or throw it away and buy a new one Here's the details on the card and how ...
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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 is exFAT's default allocation size in Windows so high?

Referencing this page: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/140365 NTFS doesn't go over 4KB cluster size until the volume goes over 16TB, and FAT32 maxes out at 16KB in the 16GB–32GB volume range ...
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What does "format" do?

What does the computer do when we format our hard disk or flash disk. If formatting clears all data on a disk, what is the difference between deleting all files in the disk and formatting the entire ...
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1-byte file takes up 2 MB (yes, megabytes) on 6 TB exFAT Veracrypt volume. Why?

Screenshot: File properties of file that takes up 2MB of disk space for 1 byte of data: The drive is a 6TB single partition, mounted via Veracrypt and formatted as exFAT. The sector size on my 2TB ...
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Send preformatted text in Skype

Sometimes I send pieces of code using Skype. Very often the text is messed up with smileys, and some brackets show up doubled. Can I somehow send text that will not be transformed? Something like &...
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How to copy multi-line text from Excel without quotes?

When you create a multi-line string in an excel cell (by using Alt-Enter), if you copy that cell to a text editor, excel will automatically add double quotes (") around the full string, ie: Cell1 | ...
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How can I share an external hard drive between a Mac and a PC?

How should I format my hard drive for use on both a Mac and a PC? Is there any way I can also use Time Machine with this drive?
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Color Cell Based On Text Value

An Excel column contains a text value representing the category of that row. Is there a way to format all cells having a distinct value a unique color without manually creating a conditional format ...
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Will reformatting my hard drive fix bad sectors on it?

Assuming I'm not concerned with the data on it.
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Adding a zero before values in an Excel spreadsheet column?

While trying to fill in social security numbers into Excel 2007, my dad found out that he couldn't make the numbers start with a zero (0). Example: 0123456789 is turned into 123456789 What do I need ...
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Windows installation: Couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one

I was trying to get a clean Windows installation on my hard drive, but am running into some issues. I get to the part where I need to select which hard drive I want to install Windows on. I have 2 ...
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Securely format a hard drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Erasing data before selling a computer I have just taken 8 old 250gb drives out of one of our servers. I need to securely wipe all the data on these drives, before they are ...
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How do I make a hyperlink within a Word document to another place in the same document?

(It seems like this must have already been asked, but I'm not finding it.) I have a Word 2010 document, and I want to make a link in one part of the document pointing to another part of the same ...
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1 GB space left, even after formatting a 16 GB flash drive? [duplicate]

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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16GB USB flash drive turned to 1GB after writing an ISO image onto it [duplicate]

I have a 16GB flash drive for almost seven years. It was all good before not long ago, when I tried to write a Ubuntu image onto it. I made it many times before and had no issues about. But this time, ...
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Formatting a comma-delimited CSV to force Excel to interpret value as a string

I've been searching around for a while trying to figure out how to output a CSV file in such a way to force Excel to interpret the values as a string and not try to convert them to numbers or dates. ...
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How to format a flash drive as UDF in Windows 7?

Looks like the integrated format dialog doesn't offer a UDF option; however, Googling tells me that Win7 can both read and write UDF flash drives, so surely it must be able to format them out of the ...
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"Need to format the USB Flash drive" message... can the data be recovered

I have a USB flash drive, that when plugged into any machine (XP, Vista or Windows 7) the following message is displayed: Indeed looking at the drive in Disk Managment the file system is recognized ...
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custom format for cells with nothing in them without using conditional formatting

if a cell is blank I would like to add text using a custom format. I've seen where text is added if a value is above or below a certain value. Can you add text to the cell if the cell is blank? I've ...
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SD card not getting formatted [duplicate]

I have a 32 GB micro SD card which got kind of corrupted during file transferring from my computer. Now, I am not able to format it. On Linux: I have tried Disks utility of Linux, it has no effect on ...
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For a PC with 1GB RAM, should I install 32 Bit or 64 Bit Windows 7?

I would like to install Windows 7 Ultimate on a PC with 1GB of RAM. What's better for me? The 32 or 64-bit version?
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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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NTFS hard drive not mounted, how to reformat to Journaled HFS+ and keep data

I have recently connected a 2nd internal hard drive to my mac; this has alot of my work on it. When i look in disk utility it says it isnt mounted. How do i reformat the drive to Journaled HFS+ and ...
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Unable to format 32GB micro-SD card

A few days ago I was copying some stuff on a 32 GB micro-SD card put inside an SD adapter, via my laptop's SD card reader slot and the copy froze. I already had a backup of the data, so I decide to ...
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How do I make a USB partition so no one can erase it

An office has contacted me because they have branded USB drives @ $4 each which they use for giveaways but at conferences people will sometimes grab them by the fistful, and presumably not so they can ...
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Excel copy-paste: always match destination formatting

I use Excel to crunch numbers, so I usually don't want to copy the formatting along with the text. But this is the default. Is there a way to default to always match destination formatting when ...
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How to prevent cells from printing in Excel

How can I prevent the contents of specific cells (or entire row or column) from printing in Excel, while keeping them visible on the screen when I'm editing the file? Ideally I should be able to do ...
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8GB memory stick only showing 49MB

I have an 8GB Sony USB memory stick and only 49 MB are being detected. I've tried on multiple USB ports and tried formatting it several times. I checked it for errors and it said none are found. I ...
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Are there any performance benefits to fully formatting a hard drive (vs. a quick format)?

so I have a 1TB HDD, and here's my question: Is it worth doing a hard format? Does it have any performance variance from say, quick formatting? I understand the technical difference between the two: ...
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How do I make a bullet point in a Slack message?

I would like to make a bulleted list in a Slack message. How do I do this?
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Cannot format my USB Flash Drive after installing Vanilla Chrome OS

I recently installed Chromium OS (Hexxeh's vanilla build) on my 16 GB flash drive. Later on, when I tried to format it, it was showing a total space of 1 GB. I tried deleting partitions in disk ...
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Is it possible to format a hard-drive too often?

Every couple of months I find my computer becomes sluggish, so I format the hard drive then reinstall Windows to keep it running fast. I've been doing this for about a year without any adverse effects;...
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Excel text alignment with custom formatting

Is there anything in a custom formatted formula which defines the text alignment? I know the different parts of the formula is numbers, negative numbers and so on, but I need to set the alignment. ...
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Full formatting, HDD controllers, and bad-sector locking

We get periodic questions about manually locking and reassigning bad sectors on hard disk drives. There seems to be apparently conflicting information on one aspect of this, the hard drive controller ...
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How Many times can we low level format a disk drive without damaging it? [closed]

I heard that doing too many Low Level formats can damage the hard drive. But it make things really fast and remove almost all the malware infections. So, my question is, how many times can we do the ...
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Setting page numbering on Word

I have a word document. The first four pages are title and index. After that, the “Chapter 1” starts. I want page numbers to begin from the “Chapter 1” onwards only. The first 4 pages should not have ...
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How to disable Excel number autoformat

This problem is simple to correct but is very very annoying what I'm doing is to type a hour range, eg. (0-1),(1-2),(2-3) so on per cell row DATE --- HOUR 1/1/2013 0-1 1/1/2013 1-2 1/1/2013 ...
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How to hide text formatting popup (Mini Toolbar) in Microsoft Word 2007

In Microsoft Word 2007 when you select a piece of text, a pop-up toolbar will display containing the common font formatting tools like font-name, font-size, bold, italic, etc. (The Mini Toolbar.) Is ...