The pattern of organization of information in an electronic storage medium, such as the number and size of records, or the size, spacing, or separation symbols for fields in a record. A computer file, for example, may be in fixed-length format, in which each field or record occupies the same number of bytes, or in variable-length format, in which the lengths of fields or records varies. The number of formats are unlimited, being specifiable at will by programmers or in some cases by the users of programs.
to set into a specific format; -- of printed matter or data recorded on a data soorage medium.
Verb: To format a floppy disk is to prepare it to receive and store material in the appropriate manner (using the DOS system for example, as opposed to the Mac or vice versa) The Mac calls this initialising. Disks are usually available pre-formatted. Noun: When we speak of the format of a file we are most often talking about what system (PC or Mac?) or what word-processor (Word or Wordperfect?) the document has been produced using. Most word-processors provide a facility by which you can make a copy of your document in a different format (try the save as... function).
storage:(verb) The process of erasing everything on the disk and checking the medium for physical errors. This must be done to new disks before they can be used by the computer. Sometimes called a "low-level" format.
This is the process which initially prepares a Floppy Disk to be writtten to. Each computer system has its own formatting rules and a disk will have to be formatted when initially used in a particular computer system.
To prepare a disk or diskette so it can store information. Formatting organizes the tracks and sectors that store information. When one formats a disk, any information already stored on it is erased. In some of the newer operating systems one has the capability to "UN-Format" a formatted diskette, depending on how it was formatted and if nothing has been re-written to the diskette.
The form in which a mailing list is to be presented - this could be on a computer tape, on floppy disks, etc.
This is (1) the general makeup and organization of a file, or (2) the arrangement of bits of characters within a group.
Formats a disk for use with MS-DOS.
the command that you use to clean out the contents of a disk so that you can reuse it.
To prepare a disk drive or floppy disk for use. For Windows computers, you format a disk drive by copying a file system (either FAT or NTFS) to the drive. formatting. The transfer and editing of material to form a complete program, including any of the following: countdown, test patterns, bars and tone, titles, credits, logos, space for commercial, and so forth.
In electronic recordkeeping, the arrangement of data for computer input or output, such as the number and size of data fields in a logical record or the spacing and letter size used in a document.
How data is organized upon a give medium. It also refers to the actual medium (DAT, CD, VHS, etc.).
Computing term to describe font style, layout, margins, etc, in documents. Term is also used to describe the layout of a physical hard drive or floppy disk.
formatting is preparing a floppy disc or hard disc ready to receive data - hard discs usually arrive ready-formatted - floppy discs may be formatted in a number of different ways - not all formats of floppy disc can be read on all computers - without any extra software, Acorn computers can read and write various Acorn formats as well as a number of different PC and Atari formats - with extra software, other formats, such as Apple Mac, are also accessible on Acorn computers
A resident disk handler command that clears all the tracks on diskette.
A process which prepares a disk (floppy or hard) to hold data OR the way data is arranged in its medium, for example, the choice of font and alignment of the contents of a cell in a spreadsheet.
To initialize a disk to prepare it for use. The disk is checked for errors and organized so that data can be recorded and retrieved. Formatting a used disk erases any previously stored information.
To prepare a storage disk for use. Formatting erases all previous data, sets up an area to list what is stored where, and checks for physical and magnetic damage.
(1) The way text is set up on a page. (2) To prepare a disk for holding information.
noun: the type of file association (jpeg, mpeg, gif, etc...) verb: to erase and reset a disk/storage media so that new information can be recorded/stored
(1) The arrangement of descriptive data in descriptors, identifiers, or labels. (2) The arrangement of data in bit, byte, and word form for computer processing.
the type of medium used to distribute government documents. The most common formats include paper, microfiche, cartographic (maps), CD-ROM, floppy disc and video tape.
General A preparatory process that is necessary before data can be recorded to some storage devices. Formatting erases any previously stored data.
To erase and/or prepare a hard drive for data.
A predetermined arrangement of data that structures the storage of information on an external storage device.
(aka initialize) Preparing an optical disk for use.
The appearance of a document, including margins, fonts, paragraph spacing, etc. Also, the process of preparing a disk to store data.
Under HIPAA, this is those data elements that provide or control the enveloping or hierarchical structure, or assist in identifying data content of, a transaction.
determine the arrangement of (data) for storage and display (in computer science)
a letter or character that defines how data is to be displayed
a unique preparation of a hard drive
the organization or arrangement of information in a particular display or print mode; the type or manner in which information is provided, displayed, or retrieved.
predetermined arrangement of characters, fields, lines, punctuation, page numbers, etc.
How the information will be appear on the medium. Graphic output The information is presented using a graph or chart. Easier to visualize the trends and data relationships that cannot be easily seen in columns of numbers Hierarchical network As a multiple star network, where the communications processors are arranged in a hierarchy. The top computer system controls the entire network.
Any method of arranging information that is to be stored or displayed. (7/96)
The way the columns or fields of a file are arranged.
The process of preparing a disk to have files written to it. Formatting a disk wipes it clean of any information that may have been on it.
The physical nature, arrangement, appearance, representation, and makeup of information and the vehicle (book, video, data file, recording, microform, etc.) carrying the information.
Wipe all data off of a disk (usually used in reference to a floppy disk or a hard drive).
The way in which data are physically arranged in a file.
The manner in which the DOCUMENT is placed on the MEDIUM. For example: VHS and BETA both use 1/2" magnetic tape, but both arrange the DOCUMENT on tape differently.
(1) The layout or setting out of a document. (2) To define the tracks and sectors on a floppy disk so that it can store data processed by a particular operating system.
(1)Preparing a disk to receive data. (2) How a document appears on the screen or when printed.
The physical arrangement of information, such as in a book, video, cassette, compact disc, or on a document you have created.
The physical appearance of material or the way that the material is arranged.
Formatting basically makes your hard disk ready for initial use. The same procedure must be done to removable media such as floppy disks. Some types of formatting wipe out the whole disk, while others just set up the framework for data to be written, using a type of quick format. Another type of formatting is a low-level format. In the past this was used for harddisk, currently this is only used with SCSI disks.
(1) A defined arrangement of such things as characters, fields, and lines, usually used for displays, printouts, or files. (2) To arrange such things as characters, fields, and lines.
Formatting a disk organizes the magnetic surfaces into tracks and sectors. In word processing, format refers to the physical appearance of a document, and includes such items as margins, line spacing, etc. In Excel, format refers to how numbers are shown (length, decimal points, etc.)
(1) (n.) The structure of data that is to be processed, recorded, or displayed.(2) (v.) To put data into a structure or to divide a disk into sectors for receiving data.
FORMATs and erases disks or drives. formats 1 side of a floppy disk. formats a 5.25-inch 360K floppy disk in a high-density drive. formats 8 sectors per track. allocates space on the formatted disk for system files. tests Clusters that are currently marked "bad." size specifies the size of the Floppy disk to format (egs: 160, 180, 320, 360, 720, 1.2, 1.44, 2.88). sectors specifies the Number of sectors per track. copies System files to the formatted disk. tracks specifies the number of Tracks per disk side. performs a Quick format. label specifies the Volume label.
The DOS format program that performs high-level formatting on a hard disk, and both high- and low-level formatting on a floppy disk.
Specific language a device or software application uses to create or record data. Other devices and software can read this data only if the required translation software is found. For example, PCs and Macs use a different Format to record data on floppy disks. However, Macs can read and understand both formats. The term "Format" also describes the process of preparing a data storage device to accept data.
The form in which a mailing list is to be presented - this could be on a magnetic tape, diskette, mailing labels, etc.
The process of prepairing a disk to have files written on (or saved) to it. FORMATING A DISK REMOVES ALL FILES PREVIOUSLEY SAVED ON THE DISK
Depending on the context, Format can mean many things. Here are just a few: • To format a disk, or hard disc, is to 'wipe' it clean of all its information. This permanently erases any data from it. You must format a floppy disk to work with a certain type of computer (e.g. PC, Mac) before using it for the first time, for example. Formatting a hard disc to install a new operating system is another usage of formatting - just make sure you've backed up all your essential old files, first! file format is a type of file denotes by its file extension. For example, Computers.doc is a document file - this is usually associated with Microsoft Word. Accounts.zip is a Zip file - a compressed file type which contains other files shrunk down to decrease their file size. Family Photo.jpg is a JPEG image file - a high-quality compressed image file. And so on.
All hard disks and floppy disks have to be electronically prepared for use by a process called formatting. Hard disks are pre-formatted by the computer manufacturer. If you buy a floppy disk that is not pre-formatted, you format it yourself, using a program that comes with your PC.
To set up a disk, floppy diskette, or tape with a predetermined arrangement of characters so that the system can read the information on it.
how data is formed for human application and use, a component of data processing
Structure used to organize data for information storage and retrieval.
process that prepares either a hard disk or a floppy disk for initial use. Format of a disk will completely erase the contents.
The arrangement of information tracks on a tape as prescribed by a standard. The two most common categories of recording formats are longitudinal and helical scan.
A process that prepares a hard drive to store data. Low-level formatting sets up the locations of sectors so user data can be stored in them. Western Digital hard drives are low-level formatted at the factory and therefore do not need to be low-level formatted by the end user. You need to perform a high-level format (with EZ-Drive or the Format command) on your new Western Digital hard drive before you can use it. Formatting erases all the information on a hard drive and it sets up the file system needed for storing and retrieving files.
To arrange data in a particular manner. For example, on a spreadsheet, numbers may be displayed in many formats, including 40%, a percent format.
To write a magnetic track pattern onto a disk surface, specifying the locations of the tracks and sectors. This information must exist on a disk before it can store data.
The process that prepares a drive or disk for file storage. When a drive or disk is formatted, the existing information on it is lost.
Arrangement of data in or on medium
the arrangement of information in a particular way
To prepare a hard-disk drive or diskette for storing files.
Preparing a disk for use by your system, which will erase its contents.
After partitioning your hard drive, it must be formatted so that it can be used by the operating system. Formatting basically makes your hard disk ready...
to subdivide or put the electronic file-folders and markers on a blank diskette and make it ready for data; equivalent to "initialize" in the Mac world.
A magnetic track pattern that specifies the locations of the tracks and sectors. This information must exist on a disk before it can store any user data. Formatting erases any previously stored data. To prepare a disk to be used by DOS. Unformatted disks are unable to accept information. The FORMAT command can accomplish this. Just BE VERY CAREFUL not to format C: or D: or any of your fixed drives! Saves tears that way
Low Level Formatting is the process of dividing the tracks on a disk into sectors. Each track begins with an index mark, each sector has a sector identification field that is several bytes long, which contains the sector addresses and other overhead data required by the format. In addition, between the identification field and data fields of each sector are synchronization bytes, which allow the read/write head to synchronize with the rate of data transfer coming off the track. High-Level Formatting distinguishes operating systems (i.e., the difference between an IBM drive and an Apple drive).
This can be something that you do to a disk to make it ready to receive new data. Let's leave that out for now. If you format some text, you give it a particular font face, font style, font size, alignment, indentation, line spacing and paragraph spacing. You may then choose to record all of this as a " style" for future use. Format also has a meaning a bit like "language". It is used to say which program saved a file or can read or edit it. Some programs can read a certain format but will not save in that format. Filters are used to change the format of a file generated in one program to a format able to be understood by another program.
To prepare a floppy or hard disk for storing information for a specific type of computer. A floppy disk can be sued by any type of computer. Formatting a disk on a Macintosh prepares that disk for storing Macintosh data. Formatting a disk on a DOS machine prepares that disk for storing IBM-compatible data.
Before a new CD-RW disc, a CD-R disc, or a floppy disk can be used, it must first be formatted.
Two types of formats are available. A physical format and a logical format. -Physical format: Physical format is to write data defined in ISO in three tracks of each of the inner and outer circuits of the user area set as a Defect Management Area (DMA). DMA contains information on user band setting and the area to which error information is to be written. Full compatibility is guaranteed for any disks physically formatted according to the ISO standard regardless of the manufacturer. -Logical format: Logical format is to write data on the disk information required (directory information, FAT, etc.) for a system such as a host and OS and software to handle the disk. When a system reads this information, the disk is recognized. Disks need to be formatted both physically and logically. However, in general, each format is manufacturer specific and the compatibility is lower than it could be.
The process by which the operating system prepares a disk for use by writing electronic markers onto the disk, so that the system can store and retrieve files. FDISK is used to prepare partitionable disks for use. FORMAT is used to format disks and diskettes. When you format a disk, except in special circumstances (see the description of FORMAT in the ``Command Reference'' chapter of DOSBook), all the information previously stored on it is erased, so take care when using this command.
The arrangement of data for storage or display. Formats for GSDL resources include the following: text, video, sound, software, multimedia, and image.
The manner in which CrossView Pro displays data; for instance, hexadecimal, character and octal are different formats. You may include special format codes when specifying variables.
To magnetically prepare a disk to receive data. A diskette or hard disk must be formatted before it can be used. Formatting a diskette erases all data previously stored on it. MS-DOS and Windows format disks differently than does the Macintosh System, therefore you can rarely use a disk formatted for a Mac in a PC. Most disks can be purchased pre-formatted, so that you do not have to format them.
Preparing a disk to be able to be written to. Also checks for errors and assigns a file allocation table.
To format a disk means to prepare it for use in the computer by putting an addressing system on it. There is a program for this contained within the operating system. However it is not usually necessary for the user of the computer to do this because most disks are sold already formatted. Usually a disk is formatted only once, and the process of formatting it erases any information on it. To format data such as a word processing document means to determine what the data will look like on the screen and on the printer. Formatting data could include selecting the font, the size of the letters, the color of the text, and anything else that affects how it looks.
To prepare a disk for storing data. Formatting creates a map on the disk that tells the operating system how the disk is structured. The operating system uses this map to keep track of where files are stored.
A DOS command that records the physical organization of tracks and sectors on a disk.
Different methods of arranging and storing data (text or graphics) in a computer file. These include TIFF, PICT, JPEG, PDF, GIF, RTF, etc. When transmitting files from one computer to another, it often is important to know in which the format the file has been created and/or saved. Return
1. The pattern in which data are systematically arranged for use on a computer. 2. A file format is the specific design of how information is organized in the file.
(1)Preparing a disk for use by your hardware and operating system. Also called Initializing. When the computer initializes a disk, it also destroys any information already there (just as recordinging on a cassette tape replaces what was previously there with what you record). (2)Formatting also refers to the way text is set up on a page (underlining, bold, indenting, etc.) (3)The way information is structured in a file, often specific to a particular application.
The process of writing a specific value to all data fields on a physical drive, (hard drive), to map out unreadable or bad sectors. Because most hard drives are formatted when manufactured, formatting is usually done only if a hard disk generates many media errors.
A specific arrangement or plan for a presentation.
A specific data structure or organization; usually an industry standard such as AIFF-C for audio data or QuickTime, AVI, or MPEG1 for video data.
The pattern into which data are systematically arranged for use on a computer. A file format is the specific design of how information is organized in the file. For example, ArcInfo has specific, proprietary formats used to store coverages. DLG, DEM, and TIGER are geographic data sets with different file formats.
the way in which text or information is arranged or presented (e.g. as a leaflet or application form; as a stock-taking record or drawing of a 3-D shape), or the way in which it is structured (e.g. the use made of headings, sub-headings, lines to write on, boxes to tick, etc.).
To prepare a disk or diskette so it can store information. Formatting organises the tracks and sectors that store information. When you format a disk, you in essence erase any information already stored on it.
1. v. to prepare a floppy or hard disk for use under a particular operating system. Formatting a drive ordinarily destroys all the data on the drive, so be careful. 2. n. a DOS utility which formats disks. 3. n. the type of operating system for which a disk has been prepared, see Macintosh format, DOS format. 4. the type of data contained in a file, as in, "What's this file's format?".
The physical structure of an item. The order in which information is prepared and presented. The arrangement of data for storage or display. A file format is the specific design of how information is organized in a collection or set of related digital data. To divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data. To determine the arrangement of (data) for storage or display.
The proper arrangement of characters in a field on the CRT.
A specific arrangement of data. A FORMAT statement specifies how data is to be read or written.
A specific pre-established arrangement or organisation of data
A procedure that will completely erase a diskette or disk.
The structured arrangement of data fields and elements that constitute a particular transaction or the organization of data in such a way as to have a specific, agreed upon meaning among users of the data. Proprietary formats are privately owned and used and agreed on by individual users, whereas standard formats are uniform to an entire industry.