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In order to set the default quality to RAW instead of normal large JPEG, it is not necessary to reset all of the camera's settings to factory default. You need only press the QUAL button on the back and turn the rear control dial to cycle through the various RAW and/or JPG settings the the one you desire.
The default settings are so called because they are what the designers of the camera selected to be the standard settings for your camera. Short of writing your own firmware revision for the camera there is no way for you to alter a default setting and then have the camera return to that setting when you do a default reset.
You have the U1 and U2 modes on the mode dial where you can set your own settings. Once you have the camera configured the way you like go into the menu and register your settings. There may be more information on page 55 of your manual.
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