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hard drive

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noun
  1. a disk drive containing a hard disk.
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Origin of hard drive

First recorded in 1980–85
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Related Words

hardwaremodemsupercomputerdiskettecomputerCPUmicrocomputer

Examples from the Web for hard drive

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  • I aimed square for the hard-drive, hitting it with everything I had.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • Just create a Pirate Party account and email an image of your hard-drive to yourself.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • But it used to be impossible to fly or go to the moon or get a hard-drive with more than a few kilobytes of storage.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • I kept hitting it, until the keyboard fell off, exposing the motherboard and the hard-drive.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for hard drive

hard drive

hard disk drive

noun
  1. 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

  1. 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

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.)

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