hard drive


Definition of hard drive

: a data-storage device consisting of a drive and one or more hard disks

Examples of hard drive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Storage: There are two types of storage: a traditional, spinning hard drive, or a solid-state drive. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "How to build a gaming PC — and why you should," 30 June 2020 When life is boring, the hard drive stores a regular amount of information. Popular Science, "Time isn’t real. Here’s how people capitalized on that.," 30 May 2020 This report is the latest in a series on hard drive manufacturers slipping SMR technology into existing disk lines, with little or no notice to customers. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Western Digital adds “Red Plus” branding for non-SMR hard drives," 24 June 2020 As recently as 2015, one group of researchers at Tel Aviv University created a $300 gadget that fits in a piece of pita bread and can derive the encryption keys on a nearby laptop's hard drive by picking up its electrical emissions. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Hacker Lexicon: What Is a Side Channel Attack?," 21 June 2020 This will be made possible by the addition of a reliable and speedy solid-state hard drive. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "Sony lifts the veil on PS5 and 'Future of Gaming' in 4 p.m. live stream," 11 June 2020 The Disk tab shows the demands on your computer’s hard drive and can be a good way of spotting troublesome programs. David Nield, Popular Science, "Fixing your computer is easier if you know which numbers to look at," 30 May 2020 The short version: SMR—Shingled Magnetic Recording—is a relatively new hard drive recording technology that allows higher data densities. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Lawsuit vs. Western Digital wants to end any use of SMR in NAS drives," 17 June 2020 One last bit of news from AMD concerned its StoreMI technology, which improves storage performance through tiering of data from an SSD to a hard drive. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "The AMD Ryzen XT series skimps on bundled coolers and clock speeds," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of hard drive

1982, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2020

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“Hard drive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20drive. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hard drive

computers : a device that is used for storing computer data and that contains one or more hard disks

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Kids Definition of hard drive

: a data storage device of a computer containing one or more hard disks

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