hard disk


: a rigid metal disk coated with a magnetic material on which data for a computer can be stored
also : hard drive

Examples of hard disk in a Sentence

Remember to save the file to your hard disk.
Recent Examples on the Web Nobody has tapped into this proliferation better than right-wing groups dedicated to fostering communal disharmony, moving from hard disks filled with videos and laptops in temples to the vast reach of YouTube and WhatsApp. Parth M.n., WIRED, 23 Nov. 2023 According to a 2019 white paper by IDC, 60 percent of all data is cold, yet remains on hard disks. IEEE Spectrum, 16 Aug. 2023 This will be the first of my projection articles for 2024, focusing on magnetic recording technology, particularly hard disk drives (HDDs) and magnetic tape. Tom Coughlin, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2023 Umar Shakir / The Verge Apple started including FireWire on the Power Macintosh in early 1999, replacing the SCSI connections users relied on for years to transfer data at high speeds for external hard disk drives and multimedia hardware like scanners. Umar Shakir, The Verge, 12 Sep. 2023 Since hard disks only have a five-year life span, the old hard disks will need to be discarded for new ones to retain the same data. IEEE Spectrum, 16 Aug. 2023 Many of them add hard disk drives to the Macintosh, making the block-map scheme unwieldy. IEEE Spectrum, 2 July 2023 Getty Images | Justin Sullivan Seagate yesterday agreed to pay a $300 million fine for selling hard disk drives to Huawei, settling US government officials' allegation that shipments to the Chinese company violated export controls imposed in 2020. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2023 Seagate’s efforts to sell hard disk drives to China’s Huawei, despite US export controls, has resulted in a $300 million fine from the Commerce Department. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 20 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hard disk was in 1973

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“Hard disk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20disk. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

hard disk

: a small hard metal disk with a magnetic coating on which computer data can be stored

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