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.
Recent Examples on the Web It’s kind of like a computer that compresses files to save hard disk space. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "Want to manipulate the flow of time? Pay attention.," 8 Mar. 2021 One of the more interesting ones is extracting neodymium from the magnets in old hard disk drives. Willy Shih, Forbes, "It Might Take A Long Time For The U.S. To Become Self-Sufficient In Rare Earth Materials," 24 Feb. 2021 To make sure your programs work properly, reinstall them on the hard disk, one at a time. Steve Alexander Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Alexander: Wi-Fi works in the wilderness, without internet service," 24 Jan. 2021 While solid-state hard drives have become common in modern PCs, many budget models and older machines still have the old spinning hard disk drive. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "6 ways to speed up an old computer," 10 Sep. 2020 That will erase the corrupt System Volume Information folder and create a new one. • Flaws in the Windows file system or on the hard disk. Steve Alexander, Star Tribune, "What to do if your PC's System Restore breaks," 26 Sep. 2020 The HP Pavilion 15 comes with a 10th generation Intel core i5 processor, along with 16GB of memory, 1TB of hard disk drive (HDD) storage and a 15.6-inch full HD display. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Need a new laptop? Shop our top picks from HP's massive Labor Day sale," 1 Sep. 2020 The user group presentation might be a graphics application one month (Arts & Letters); a software utility the next (Norton Backup); and a third meeting in which a member explained hard disk partitioning. Esther Schindler, Ars Technica, "The Golden Age of computer user groups," 19 Aug. 2020 Data storage at the time was large and cumbersome, consisting of punch cards, tape, or extremely large hard disk drives, driving up weight and power requirements. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The CIA Built a Nuclear Bird Drone to Spy on Communists. Now It's Declassified.," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of hard disk

1973, in the meaning defined above

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16 Mar 2021

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“Hard disk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20disk. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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