What is meant by initializing a disk?

what is the process of initializing a disk called?
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  1. Hi :)

    Homework again sigh :(

    Its called INITIALIZING.... or INITIALISING (in the UK)

    All the best Brett :)
  2. it is called DISK something...
    can you help?
  3. shesh said:
    it is called DISK something...
    can you help?

    Hi :)

    No but I bet Google could....

    All the best Brett :)
  4. It's called, "Disk Utility."

    Initializing is to build partions tables for given formats on a disk.
    This is most easily done in Mac OSX using the Disk Utility application, Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.

    Although OSX 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion can dynamically partition a disk (and you have many manual partitioning options using apps within the command line Terminal), in most cases, you will lose all the data on the drive when you re-initialize it.
    So be sure to back up whatever you've got on the drive before proceeding.
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