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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. 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.
- Scratch space – contemporary equivalent
- Merge sorting tape drives – paradigm application
- Scratch monkey – use in computer proverb
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