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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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Writing over the old data with new data, also known as overwriting or squeezing, can be effective, but some agencies require overwriting to be done at least three times with different patterns before releasing a drive.
Users can choose any of five methods for overwriting data, which include writing zeroes to the disk or more meticulous methods, such as writing combinations of ones and zeroes and multiple overwriting with random patterns and zeroes.
Overwriting the file by creating a new file with the same name will offer you some protection, but it's not foolproof.
Thus in later chapters he allows himself to refer casually to what are summarily described as "many empirical facts" in the face of which efforts of racial objectification are simply "overwriting": i.e., "the simple fact that the Indians are human," "the empirical truth" that even Indians who are grossly objectified by Puritans "retain a link to their earlier humanity," "the innate personhood of the Indians," "the impossible-to-evade fact that the slave is human in spite of the myriad attempts to objectify him as property," and so forth.
Separating the input area from the calculation and results areas does double duty: It makes the spreadsheet easier to use and prevents the overwriting of formulas.
Overwriting immediately damages and lengthens prose of any kind.
Even seemingly effective methods of erasure or destruction - overwriting the file, formatting the disk, degaussing and cutting up the disk - may not completely expunge data.
That kind of overwriting grows old in a hurry, and yet--in the case of Willie Morris--it's easy enough to forgive.
The system scans all existing formulations and prevents the user from overwriting an existing formulation, thus protecting the integrity of the database.
On a manual typewriter, you could sweat off two pounds overwriting a sentence like that.
This question was asked because there is overwriting of Kasab's age in indoor case papers....25 years has been struck off and instead 21 years has been written.
Even if your disk wipe application overwrote the entire array with zeroes, if you looked at the disk carefully, you could still see the color of the underlying note either through or around the overwriting one.