head crash



  • noun a component failure in a disk drive, in which the head is allowed to hit the surface of the spinning disk, causing disk surface damage and data corruption


  • A hard disk failure in which the read/write head collides with the surface of a disk. This may be caused by a foreign object such as dust, or a misalignment. Data is destroyed, and generally both the read/write head and the platter must be replaced. Also called hard disk crash, or crash (2).
  • synonymhard disk crash

Information & Library Science

  • noun a failure in a disk drive, where the read/write head touches the surface of the disk, causing damage and data loss