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dongle-disk definition

/don'gl disk/ (Or "key disk") A kind of dongle consisting of a special floppy disk that is required in order to perform some task. Some contain special coding that allows an application to identify it uniquely, others *are* special code that does something that normally-resident programs don't or can't.
For example, AT&T's "Unix PC" would only come up in root mode with a special boot disk.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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