hard drive


Definition of hard drive

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

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All the evidence of their comings and goings was on the computer hard drives, and in memory, and in the ephemeral network transmissions to and from the GRU’s command-and-control servers. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Every sentence of Trump’s tweet accusing Democrats of “collusion” with Russia is a lie," 15 Nov. 2018 There’s a whole lot more than just these three drives on sale on Amazon today including thumb drives and a ton of external hard drives. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Amazon's one-day storage sale has great prices on SSDs, thumb drives, and external drives," 26 Sep. 2018 Buy a big honkin’ hard drive and back your stuff up every once in a while, and keep your laptop out of the bathtub. David Pierce, WSJ, "Cluttered Phone and Computer? Put Your Files in the Cloud," 9 Sep. 2018 But as the city government’s desktops, hard drives and printers flickered back to life for the first time in five days, residents still could not pay their traffic tickets or water bills online, or report potholes or graffiti on a city website. Alan Blinder And Nicole Perlroth, BostonGlobe.com, "Atlanta hobbled by major cyber attack that mayor calls ‘a hostage situation’," 28 Mar. 2018 Sync their files to an external hard drive a couple of times a year. David Pierce, WSJ, "33 Mostly Free Ways to Fix Your Family’s Tech Problems," 23 Dec. 2018 Try offloading some of your files to an external hard drive or the cloud to give your computer a little room to breath. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Speed Up a Slow Computer," 7 Dec. 2018 Shor handed over a hard drive, and Seales and his colleagues went to work. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018 Vanessa Friedman had come into possession of the hard drive after winning a temporary restraining order against her husband in 2010 that prevented him from having access to his computer. Lucia Kassai, Bloomberg.com, "How the ‘Nerd’ Helped Rig Oil Auctions for Years," 4 Apr. 2018

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1982, in the meaning defined above

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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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