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erase

[i′rās]
(computer science)
To change all the binary digits in a digital computer storage device to binary zeros.
(electronics)
To remove recorded material from magnetic tape by passing the tape through a strong, constant magnetic field (dc erase) or through a high-frequency alternating magnetic field (ac erase).
To eliminate previously stored information in a charge-storage tube by charging or discharging all storage elements.

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The full-track erase head precedes all of the record, playback, and other erase heads; it erases all previously recorded information on the tape, including the control, linear audio, hi-fi audio, and video tracks.
Deleting a file doesn't get rid of it; it just erases the identification code that tells a computer where it's situated on the hard disk.
Fast Secure Erase erases the entire disk in between
Monk ultimately erases his own integrity and individuality by succumbing ironically, as Stagg R.
On a CD-RW, you'll find three sets of numbers: the first is the speed at which it writes data, the second is the speed at which it rewrites data, and the third tells you how fast it erases the information (for example, 8x/4x/32x).
The Model 1090 erases standard-density and high-density 5 1/4-inch, 3 1/2-inch, and smaller floppy formats, and its full shielding prevents accidentally erasing nearby magnetic media.
Erases the sagging skin and weakened muscles that create droopy upper eyelids and lower lid bagging.
In fact, one macro virus, called Format_C, formats, or erases, your hard drive with just three lines of instructions.
22, was so named because it displays the message ``Hare Krishna, hare hare'' on computer screens as it erases affected hard drives.
Stefano Arienti's recent work is based on a very simple but unpredictable procedure: he takes standard posters depicting landscapes or famous people and erases parts of the images.
However, keeping track of the information a demon needs, including the way it stores and erases that information, offers a very different way of looking at thermodynamics, he says.
Even computer professionals believe that reformatting the hard drive erases all the hard drive's contents.