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hard drive

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/ ˈhɑrd ˈdraɪv /
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noun Computers.
HDD.
(loosely) a drive for a computer, as a traditional hard disk drive (HDD) or another drive serving a similar function, as opposed to a very small, portable flash drive.
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Origin of hard drive

First recorded in 1980–85
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British Dictionary definitions for hard drive

hard drive

hard disk drive


noun
computing (on a computer) the mechanism that handles the reading, writing, and storage of data on the hard disk
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Scientific definitions for hard drive

hard drive

A disk drive that reads data stored on hard disks. Also called hard disk drive
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Cultural definitions for hard drive

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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