unformatted file

unformatted file

[¦ən′fȯr‚mad·əd ′fīl]
(computer science)
Any data file, such as a text file, that does not have various properties such as a consistent structure with regard to record length and order of data elements.
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Unformatted files, or files with formats unknown to Norton 2000, are examined with a generic text date scanner.