What is Disk Drive?


Definition – What does Disk Drive mean?

Disk Drive is a technology that allows the reading, writing, modifying and deleting of data on the computer storage disk. It is either external or built-in component of the disk that manages the disk’s input and output operations. The disk position in the hard disk is also called a disk drive that consists of numbers of options such as drive C and drive D etc. The disk drive is also described as a physical drive in the computer capable of holding and retrieving data or information. It is different from SSDs (solid state drives) that have no moving parts and offers better performance.

Glossary Web explains Disk Drive

Just like RAM, Disk Drive is also one of the major components of the computer that helps the users to store and retrieve data from the disk. The most common example of the disk drive is a hard drive, but multiple other types of disk drives exist as well as such as USB, floppy drive and CDs etc.

Since disk drive is now available in large capacities, there is little need for removable disk drives. Instead of increasing a computer storage capacity with removable media, most of the users now use external hard drives instead. Although CDs and DVDs drives are still common, they have become less used since software, films and music can now often be downloaded from the Internet. Therefore, the external hard drives and internal hard drives both are the most common example of disk drives used today.

Martin Adler

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