low-level formatting

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Noun1.low-level formatting - (computer science) the format of sectors on the surface of a hard disk drive so that the operating system can access them and setting a starting position
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
data format, data formatting, format, formatting - the organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing)
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The best method to delete data is low-level formatting, which involves pattern filling drives at the lowest level.
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