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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.
Periodically use a program that overwrites all unused areas of the hard disk, including file slack space.
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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.
An infected machine is unable to update its antivirus program, as the Trojan overwrites the host file that Microsoft(TM) Windows(TM) uses to manually override DNS names.
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