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hard drive

a disk drive containing a hard disk.
Origin of hard drive
First recorded in 1980-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I've got a filly which I think will give the colonel's Rogue a hard drive.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • We've got a hard drive before us, and every man must be fit as a fiddle.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • After a long, hard drive we reached Saint-Omer about eleven.

  • By the end of the third length, his stroke lost some of its hard drive.

  • There was a sound of muffled footfalls on the hard drive, and the vision had vanished.

    Jessica, the Heiress

    Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for hard drive

hard drive

(computing) (on a computer) the mechanism that handles the reading, writing, and storage of data on the hard disk
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hard drive in Science
hard drive  
A disk drive that reads data stored on hard disks. Also called hard disk drive.
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hard drive in Culture

hard drive definition

The bulk of the memory of a personal computer is magnetically stored on hard disks that constitute the hard drive. Information in the hard drive is durable, in that it remains magnetically stored when the computer is turned off. (See magnetic memory.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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