hard drive

noun
computer hardware that holds and spins a magnetic or optical disk and reads and writes information on it
Topics: ↑computer science, ↑computing
Hypernyms: ↑drive
Part Meronyms: ↑hard disc, ↑hard disk, ↑fixed disk

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noun
: a high-capacity data-storage device (as for a personal computer) consisting of a drive and one or more hard disks

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a disk drive containing a hard disk.
[1980-85]

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hard drive or hard disk drive noun (computing)
A disk drive that controls the recording and reading of data on a hard disk
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Main Entry:hard

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hard drive UK US noun [countable] [singular hard drive plural hard drives]
a hard disk
Thesaurus: computer memory and data storage deviceshyponym

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hard drive,
1. a mechanism in a computer for reading from and storing information on a hard disk.
2. = hard disk. (Cf.hard disk)

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n. Computing a high-capacity, self-contained storage device containing a read-write mechanism plus one or more hard disks, inside a sealed unit. Also called hard disk drive

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noun, pl ⋯ drives [count]
computers : a device that is used for storing computer data and that contains one or more hard disks

an external/removable hard drive

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ˈhard drive 7 [hard drive] noun (computing)
a part of a computer that reads data on a ↑hard disk

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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