disk drive


: a device for reading and writing data on a magnetic disk

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In 2018 Tal Carmon’s group at Tel Aviv University demonstrated an analogous effect by spinning the read-head of a hard-disk drive coupled to an optical fiber at kilohertz frequencies, demonstrating nonreciprocal transmission of light through it. Andrea Alù, Scientific American, 3 Oct. 2022 Or perhaps the human makes a copy of the AI onto an external disk drive or memory stick, carrying the AI out of the confinement, and then later on plugs the disk or memory stick into a non-confined computer. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 5 May 2022 The disk drive market is an oligopoly with three players. John Dorfman, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The transfer will be limited by the read speed of the memory cards being used, as well as the write speed of the target disk drive or SSD where the image are being uploaded. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 16 June 2021 That’s the two-day surge in shares of hard-disk drive maker Western Digital (Ticker: WDC). Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 21 May 2021 Microsoft in a tweet Tuesday confirmed the Xbox Series S pricing information as well as the console design, which is smaller than prior models and lacks a disk drive. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2020 This meant disk drives could operate reliably, without wearing down during startup or shutdown. Adrienne Bernhard, Popular Mechanics, 7 Apr. 2020 Hiding the driver ZeroCleare, like the Shamoon wiper, uses the legitimate RawDisk software driver from EldoS to gain direct access to disk drives and write data. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, 4 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disk drive was in 1963

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“Disk drive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disk%20drive. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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disk drive

: a device for reading and writing computer data on a magnetic disk

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