Scratch tape

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Magnetic tape that might be used as a scratch tape.

In data processing, a scratch tape is a magnetic tape that is used for temporary storage and can be reused or erased after the completion of a job or processing run.[1] During the early years of computing, when magnetic tape was the primary form of mass storage, many programs, notably sorting routines, required such temporary storage.

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  1. ^ "scratch tape". Encyclopedia. PC Magazine.