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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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SecureClean reclaims disk space and provides a new desktop trash bin that truly deletes and overwrites files you want removed.
"You can get software that will do multiple overwrites of the hard drive with different characters, and usually this would be good enough.
Symantec is warning computer users that although this worm has so far not spread widely, it is particularly dangerous because it can overwrite files and infect Microsoft Word documents.
Recording can be continuous or activated by timer, alarm, or motion, with a choice of loop recording, which overwrites the oldest recordings, or single-pass recording that stops when the hard disk is full.
Once opened, the virus forwards itself to everyone in the users' address book, it then overwrites music and graphics files on the hard disk.
The bug, which overwrites hard-disk data and attacks vital BIOS chips, is so bad that users are being told not to log on unless it is crucial.
Protect data against hardware and software failure, environmental disasters, malicious viruses and end-user faults such as deletions and overwrites. EchoView is a data-protection iSCSI appliance that continuously protects data while it is being created, allowing customers to eliminate the backup window and easily recover critical business data.
WP# Pin secures the information stored on the ADM from any unintentional data overwrites, such as those commonly caused by system viruses.
* Timing-based servo--monitors and controls the position of tape head to ensure accuracy and avoid overwrites.