disk image

noun

: a compressed copy of the contents (such as installed programs, settings, and other data) of an optical disc, hard drive, or other digital storage device
By developing and using a standard disk image, information technology managers don't have to separately install all of a PC's programs. The disk image is copied onto each new PC's disk drive, and it's ready to go.Shawn McCarthy

Examples of disk image in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Microsoft made a downloadable ISO disk image file for the beta Insider version available for installing Windows 11, allowing in-place upgrades or clean installations on a PC or in a virtual machine. PCMAG, 22 Mar. 2024 This frequently entails effectively shipping a complete computer disk image. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disk image was in 1981

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“Disk image.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disk%20image. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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