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  1. The arrangement of data, as in the format of a word processor, graphics, or music file

  1. A process (and often the program) used to prepare a disk to store data. Before a disk can be used, it must first (optionally) be divided into partitions, then a filesystem installed, and finally be formatted for that filesystem. In dos/Windows, the process of formatting involves something like writing "start of sector" marks at the beginning of each sector. In Linux, I think something different is done, as the process can go much faster (at least for the ext2 filesystem).

Maybe a normal dos format writes start of sector formats at the beginning of each sector and zeros to all other locations -- maybe the dos quick format just writes the start of sector marks, and maybe that is the same thing that is done in Linux for an ext2 filesystem?

See also IdeHardDiskDrives

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