disk drive

Definitions

General English

Banking

  • noun a part of a computer which makes a disk spin round in order to read it or store information on it

Computing

  • noun a device that spins a magnetic disk and controls the position of the read/write head.

Electronics

  • A computer peripheral which reads data from, and writes data to, a disk. It is an electromechanical device that incorporates a motor which spins one or more disks very rapidly, has one or more heads to read/write data, plus the related connectors, wires, and so on. Each type of disk has its own type of drive, and these include hard disk drives, floppy disk drives, and DVD drives. Also known as disk unit.
  • synonymdisk unit

Information & Library Science

  • noun a slot in which to place a floppy disk so that a computer can read the data on it
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