disk drive

disk drive
computer hardware that holds and spins a magnetic or optical disk and reads and writes information on it
Topics: ↑computer science, ↑computing
Hypernyms: ↑drive
Part Meronyms: ↑hard disc, ↑hard disk, ↑fixed disk

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: a device for reading data on and writing data onto a usually magnetic disk

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a device that, using an access mechanism under program control, enables data to be read from or written on a spinning magnetic disk, magnetic disk pack, floppy disk, or optical disk.

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disk drive noun
A computer peripheral with a head that records data on, and retrieves data from disks
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Main Entry:disk

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disk drive UK US noun [countable] [singular disk drive plural disk drives] computing
the part of a computer that reads information from a disk or records information onto a disk
Thesaurus: computer equipment and partshyponym

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disk drive,
the machinery of a computer that turns a disk to retrieve information stored on the disk: »

In addition to floppy disk drives, there are hard disk drives, which rapidly spin hard, metal disks that store vastly greater amounts of information than do floppy disks (New York Times).

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n. a device that allows a computer to read from and write to computer disks

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noun, pl ⋯ drives [count]
: a computer part that holds a computer disk or set of disks and that reads data from and copies data to disks

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ˈdisk drive [disk drive] noun
a device that passes data between a disk and the memory of a computer or from one disk or computer to another

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