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hard drive

a disk drive containing a hard disk.
Origin of hard drive
1980-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Just create a Pirate Party account and email an image of your hard-drive to yourself.

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  • I kept hitting it, until the keyboard fell off, exposing the motherboard and the hard-drive.

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  • I aimed square for the hard-drive, hitting it with everything I had.

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  • But it used to be impossible to fly or go to the moon or get a hard-drive with more than a few kilobytes of storage.

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British Dictionary definitions for hard-drive

hard drive

(computing) (on a computer) the mechanism that handles the reading, writing, and storage of data on the hard disk
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hard-drive in Science
hard drive  
A disk drive that reads data stored on hard disks. Also called hard disk drive.
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hard-drive in Culture

hard drive definition

The bulk of the memory of a personal computer is magnetically stored on hard disks that constitute the hard drive. Information in the hard drive is durable, in that it remains magnetically stored when the computer is turned off. (See magnetic memory.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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