a disk drive containing a hard disk.
Origin of hard drive
First recorded in 1980–85
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Examples from the Web for hard drive
Contemporary Examples of hard drive
In his search for hard-drive recovery, Liam develops one connection, to Eunice, a frumpy thirtysomething.
Historical Examples of hard drive
I aimed square for the hard-drive, hitting it with everything I had.
Just create a Pirate Party account and email an image of your hard-drive to yourself.
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.
I kept hitting it, until the keyboard fell off, exposing the motherboard and the hard-drive.
British Dictionary definitions for hard drive
hard disk drive
computing (on a computer) the mechanism that handles the reading, writing, and storage of data on the hard disk
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A disk drive that reads data stored on hard disks. Also called hard disk drive
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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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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