magnetic recording


: the process of recording sound, data (as for a computer), or a television program by producing varying local magnetization of a moving tape or disc
magnetic recorder noun

Examples of magnetic recording in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Western Digital already had a steep climb to win back NAS customers' trust after shipping NAS drives with SMR (shingled magnetic recording) instead of CMR (conventional magnetic recording). Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 12 June 2023 Toshiba announced HDDs with a form of energy assisted magnetic recording, called microwave assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) in 2021. Tom Coughlin, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2023 Seagate however is also championing another form of energy assisted magnetic recording, heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) that uses lasers to heat the disk surface during writing. Tom Coughlin, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2023 The development of magnetic recording during the second world war made possible the editing and layering of tracks; the release of Tascam’s PortaStudio, a multitrack recorder, in the late 1970s made decent home-recording equipment available to the consumer market. The Economist, 15 June 2020 The smallest size that’s practical to use for magnetic recording is known in this business as the superparamagnetic limit. Mark Lantz, IEEE Spectrum, 28 Aug. 2018 Magnetic tapes also use magnetic recording, but the areal density of magnetic tape is many generations behind HDDs. Tom Coughlin, Forbes, 18 Dec. 2022 Zeng found work at a Hong Kong company called SAE Magnetic that made magnetic recording heads for computer hard drives—an industry Dongguan would come to dominate. Time, 29 Sep. 2022 The WD Red Plus drives, introduced after WD was briefly caught using SMR technology in its hard drives without publicizing it, use the more traditional conventional magnetic recording (CMR) instead. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 10 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of magnetic recording was in 1945

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“Magnetic recording.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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