hard disk


Definition of 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.

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For someone who may need to take their stuff on the go, a portable solid state drive like the Samsung T5 is a noticeably faster and more reliable way to move around files than a traditional hard disk drive. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018 The Guardia di Finanza also seized the hard disks of about 10 Autostrade managers that could be persons of interest in the investigation and may have played a role in the management of the bridge, the person said. Donato Paolo Mancini, WSJ, "Offices of Italian Bridge Manager Autostrade Searched in Three Cities," 23 Aug. 2018 The other very welcome change is dropping the hybrid disks (large hard disks paired with small SSD accelerators) and the use of proper SSDs instead, with sizes up to 2TB. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Surface Studio 2 has an even more amazing screen, ditches the spinning disks," 3 Oct. 2018 Today's list is headlined by a deal on Dell's Inspiron 3670 desktop, which is down to $330 for a variant with an 8th-gen Core i3, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB hard disk drive. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Get a Dell desktop PC with an 8th-gen Core i3 for $330," 26 July 2018 Releasing a new business plan, Mr. Kurumatani said Toshiba was still competitive in many technologies such as batteries and hard disk drives for data centers. Kosaku Narioka, WSJ, "Toshiba Expects Nearly $1 Billion Hit to Get Out of U.K. Nuclear, U.S. Gas Businesses," 8 Nov. 2018 Operations like boot times and file transfers will see the biggest benefit when upgrading to SSD over a spinning hard disk drive. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "SD cards, flash drives, and solid state storage are cheaper today on Amazon," 24 Oct. 2018 The plug starts as a hard disk of plastic that looks like a cubist kidney bean. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Strange Noise-Blocking Plugs That Custom-Fit Your Ears," 19 Oct. 2018 Investigators raided Upbit’s main office on Thursday and Friday and seized hard disks and accounting records as part of a fraud probe stemming from concerns about the possible mishandling of investors’ funds, according to local news reports. Alexander Osipovich And Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "Bitcoin Prices Slide as South Korea’s Largest Crypto Exchange Gets Raided," 11 May 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hard disk

computers : a disk that is not flexible and that is used to store computer data

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Kids Definition of hard disk

1 : a rigid metal disk used to store computer data

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