What is disk formatting?

Mini T December 27, 2013

What is disk formatting? What does it actually do?

  1. Alan W
    December 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm
  2. Oron J
    December 27, 2013 at 11:15 am

    There's an excellent article on the subject in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_formatting). In summary, it's the process of preparing a drive (or more acurately, a volume) for initial use. The details vary significantly between operating systems and devices, and there are also different "levels" of formatting (low-level, high-level and "quick") and they work differently, but the aim of all of them is to end up with a disc which is ready for use.