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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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The only safe way to delete a computer file is to erase it and overwrite it with new data several times so that no traces survive.
But if the floppy drive or tape drive that overwrites the data is aligned differently from the drive that originally wrote it, data may be relatively easy to recover with special software or altered drives.
This multiple overwrite process (optionally up to eight overwrites) renders the original data unrecoverable, even by sophisticated laboratory techniques applied to hard drives removed from the control unit.
WP# Pin secures the information stored on the ADM from any unintentional data overwrites, such as those commonly caused by system viruses.
Accidental overwrites due to inserting or partially formatting the wrong tape are not uncommon.
Once the payload activates, the worm overwrites the data found in all DOC, XLS, MDB, PPT, PPS, ZIP, RAR, PDF and DMP files.
ERASE, by default, overwrites a volume once making all data unrecoverable to any normal program that uses conventional z/OS access.
Security features include data encryption for network transmission, administrator and user authentication, an optional DataOverwriteSecurity System (DOSS) that overwrites the hard drive after every job, and embedded masking patterns to prevent unauthorized copying.
Sharp secures MFPs through the firmware via the Sharp DSK, which encrypts and overwrites data stored on the hard drive.
Undelete provides instant data protection for Windows servers and desktops the moment it is installed, saving users the time, trouble and aggravation it would take to recreate work lost due to improvident file deletions and/or file version overwrites.
RestoreIT removes the lost productivity associated with accidental deletions, overwrites, virus attacks and Windows crashes by instantly restoring lost files.