Winchester disk

noun Computers.

a hard disk that is permanently mounted in its unit.

Origin of Winchester disk

First recorded in 1970–75; originally an IBM code name; the designation for a device containing two such disks was 3030 (each disk containing 30 megabytes), the same as the model number of a well-known Winchester rifle
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British Dictionary definitions for winchester disk

Winchester disk


a type of hard disk in which disks are permanently sealed, together with read-write heads, in an airtight container to keep dust out

Word Origin for Winchester disk

C20: named after the 3030 Winchester rifle, as the original device would have had 3030 as its IBM number
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