Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

Jul 30 2012   12:55AM GMT

What do you call it when a tape drive repositions tape repeatedly? Shoeshining

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

“The process of stopping, rewinding and getting back up to speed is called repositioning or backhitching. Each reposition/backhitch can take as long as a few seconds. If you backhitch a lot, it’s called shoeshining because the tape activity mimics the movement of a cloth being used to shine shoes.”Curtis Preston

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is shoeshining, the repeated back and forth motion a tape drive makes when there is interruption in the data stream.

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