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Q: What Does Track 1 or 2 or 3 Mean?

The magnetic stripe found on the back of cards such as
credit, ATM, and ID badges has a possibility of up to
three "tracks" of data, identified as tracks 1, 2 and 3. Each
track has a different encoded (written) format. Track one
contains up to 79 alphanumeric characters. Track 2 contains
40 numeric (only) characters. Track 3 contains 107 numeric
(only) characters.