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 The machine also had cassette tape drives for storage, predecessors of disk drives. IEEE Spectrum, 16 Apr. 2024 My brother almost immediately found its flat membrane keyboard frustrating and the Atari 410 cassette drive too slow, so my dad ordered an Atari 800 and an Atari 810 disk drive instead. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 16 Jan. 2024 This past quarter, Western Digital’s revenue dropped 26 percent year over year as flash memory and disk drive sales declined. Emma Roth, The Verge, 30 Oct. 2023 Likewise, in the second prototype, the disk drives were controlled by the main microprocessor. IEEE Spectrum, 2 July 2023 Today’s computers can deal well with events that take milliseconds, such as accessing a disk drive or sending a message over the Internet—or nanoseconds, like loading a piece of data from main memory. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Dec. 2020 Western Digital recently expanded its disk drive lineup to include NVMe SSDs for the Steam Deck and ROG Ally as well as expandable storage cards for Xbox Series S / X consoles. Emma Roth, The Verge, 30 Oct. 2023 Problems with the disk drives in the middle of 1983 required Mr. Smith to redesign his final prototype twice. IEEE Spectrum, 2 July 2023 This meant disk drives could operate reliably, without wearing down during startup or shutdown. Adrienne Bernhard, Popular Mechanics, 20 Mar. 2023

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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 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

disk drive

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

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