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The preparation of a magnetic storage device to receive data structures; for example, the recording of track and sector information on a floppy disk.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
formatting(1) Creating a high-level format on a magnetic disk drive. When a drive is being formatted, a "formatting" message appears to indicate that the operation will continue until completed and cannot be cancelled. See format program.
(2) The process of placing data into a prescribed structure. The term typically refers to an operation that is completed when the entire set of input has been processed. See format, file format and parse.
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