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High-level Formatting

The last step in preparing a hard disk for use, high-level formatting is the process of setting up an empty file system in a new partition for use by an operating system. For example, when you install a new hard disk into your desktop computer, the final step after creating the partition is to instruct your formatting tool to create a file system (such as NTFS) in the given hard disk so that your operating system can access the drive and use it for storage.

In most modern operating systems there is a “quick format” tool, which is essentially a high-level format tool that takes a disk that has already been low-level formatted and partitioned and applies a file system to it.

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