disk drive


Definition of disk drive

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

Examples of disk drive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This meant disk drives could operate reliably, without wearing down during startup or shutdown. Adrienne Bernhard, Popular Mechanics, "How the Obscure Science of Rubbing Built the Past and Will Shape the Future," 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, "New Iranian wiper discovered in attacks on Middle Eastern companies," 4 Dec. 2019 A decade later, Apple released the MacBook Air with no disk drive at all (and teens everywhere said goodbye to the tradition of burning mixtapes for one another). Clare Duffy, CNN, "Apple may be ditching the lightning charging cable for some iPhones by 2021, analyst says," 8 Dec. 2019 In 2013, Seagate, a maker of data storage devices such as disk drives, shifted a big chunk of its research and development operations in Silicon Valley to the East Bay by creating a $180 million tech center in Fremont. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Seagate sells big Cupertino office building for more than $100 million," 10 Sep. 2019 Burry believes the next generation of video game consoles by Microsoft and Sony will still include disk drives and pointed to GameStop's free cash flow. Dallas News, "Why is 'Big Short' investor betting big on struggling GameStop?," 23 Aug. 2019 These archives hold other masters of various vintages: the lacquer, glass and metal masters that predated tape, and disk drives and digital tapes from the past few decades. New York Times, "The Day the Music Burned," 11 June 2019 My first computer was an Atari 600XL, a 16KB model with a cartridge slot and no disk drive which my parents suffered through a high-pressure time share sales pitch to obtain for me. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "First encounter: COMPUTE! magazine and its glorious, tedious type-in code," 25 Nov. 2018 His discovery is said to lie at the heart of the operation of modern hard-disk drives with their storage capacities in the gigabyte range. Martin Weil, BostonGlobe.com, "Peter Gruenberg; won Nobel for work that led to quicker computers," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of disk drive

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Disk drive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disk%20drive. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disk drive

: a computer part that holds a computer disk or set of disks and that reads data from and copies data to disks

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Kids Definition of disk drive

: the part of a computer that moves data to and from a disk

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