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overwrite

[¦ō·vər¦rīt]
(computer science)
To enter information into a storage location and destroy the information previously held there.

overwrite

To record new data on top of existing data in a rewritable medium such as main memory, magnetic disk or rewritable optical disks. See direct overwrite.
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If you're serious about security, start with multiple overwrites, using software that conforms to Department of Defense specifications.
Low level formatting, which refers to overwriting below the level of the operating system, is not as effective as overwriting with utilities programs because it only overwrites once and with a single pattern; the more overwrites that can be done the less likely it is that the data underneath can be recovered.
The LF-7010 rewritable optical disk drive differs from magneto-optical disk drives in that it uses a recently improved phase-change technology to overwrite information in one pass directly onto a rewritable optical disk.
The LF-7010 rewritable optical disc drive differs from magneto-optical disc drives in that it uses a newly developed phase-change technology to overwrite information in one pass directly onto an optical disc," said Joe Videtti, national marketing manager, Panasonic Office Automation Group's Computer Systems Division.
Many third-party programs (for both Mac and PO users) can overwrite files and perform other functions to optimize the data on your hard disk.
com, the only Web-deployable hard drive erasure tool that provides a three-time hard drive overwrite to Department of Defense (DOD) standards.
Image Overwrite Option - The Image Overwrite Security Option electronically "shreds" data stored on the machine's hard disk during routine job processing.
According to the CCEVS evaluation description FDRERASE is an application that runs under the IBM z/OS operating system on a mainframe computer that provides two CCEVS security validated disk erasure functions: ERASE and SECUREERASE that overwrite DASD to ensure the risk of residual data remaining, if any, is appropriate with the risk of a person scavenging for that data.
When retiring IT assets, the optimum means for data destruction calls for no less than a three-time overwrite of the hard drive, set forth by the Department of Defense (DoD).
And coupling Backup Data Encryption with our existing Overwrite and Retention Policy functionality will broaden our customer's ability to comply with governmental regulations.