"Purging" is often used in relations to the removal or shredding of documents or records. These documents can be soft copy such as database records, files or software; or it can be hard copy such as physical files, printed documents, hard disks, etc.
In many countries, laws require certain records to be stored for a specific period (usually 7 years). They can be purged afterwards. Physical files are usually shredded.
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