- 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.
Origin of disk drive
First recorded in 1970–75
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- computing the controller and mechanism for reading and writing data on computer disksSee also disk (def. 2)
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- Computer Science A device that reads data stored on a magnetic or optical disk and writes data onto the disk for storage.
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