a device for reading or writing data from or to a data storage medium, as a disk drive, a tape drive, a CD drive, etc.
A storage space for folders and files.
A medium on which data can be physically stored (usually magnetically) and remain after the computer is powered down or the medium is removed from the computer so that the data can be accessed later. In most examples (such as hard drives, floppy drives, and removable cartridge drives), data can be freely stored and removed as long as the drive is in functioning condition and is not locked. In other examples (such as CD-ROM drives), the data is stored permanently when the drive is initially created and cannot be altered later on. The term "drive" can also refer to a device used to accommodate a particular removable data-storage medium (such as a CD-ROM drive, which can read CD-ROMs). In this case, the media are usually referred to as " disks."
1. n. A peripheral device, especially one that has addressed storage media. 2. n. The mechanism used to seek, read, and write information on a storage medium. 3. v. To push a project along in spite of many obstacles and objections.
The space where a disk is kept and read or written to. The A: or B: drive on a PC holds the extractable floppy disk, the C: drive contains the permanent hard disk and the D: drive is commonly used for the CD-ROM drive. On a network server other drives will exist, their use depending on the policy of those who run the server. Commonly the M: drive is where users are allocated memory space to save their documents.
Designated by a letter and a colon (e.g. A: B: C: D:), the letter assigned to storage devices. All drives are designated by letters, and the number of available drive designations is limited to 26, A: to Z: on a PC. Physical devices such as a hard drive may be dividied into logical drives by using disk partitions, so a disk that initially is shipped as a single large partition of 10 Gigabytes may be partitioned into smaller logical drives by software. The disk drive is the mechanism that spins the disks. Technially speaking the drive spins the disks, so proper distinction would be hard disk, not hard drive.
A device that holds and manipulates magnetic media so that the CPU can read data from or write data to them.
a drive (floppy drive, hard drive, CD-ROM, Zip drive, tape drive, etc.) is simply a data storage device, very similar to that big gray filing cabinet you keep stubbing your toes on. When you install a program, it copies its files onto your computer's hard drive, many programs that you run from your CD-ROM stay mostly on the CD-ROM; when you save your data files they are generally on your hard drive and sometimes on your floppy disk(s).
The mechanism in a computer that reads recordable media (such as a disk or tape cartridge) to retrieve and store information. Personal computers often have one hard disk drive labeled C, a drive that reads floppy disks labeled A, and a drive that reads CDs, usually labeled D.
(computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
(sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)
cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling; "The amplifier drives the tube"; "steam drives the engines"; "this device drives the disks for the computer"
a device that can read or write to a cartridge
a device that reads data from and writes data to a storage medium
a logical partition on the disk
a peripheral device attached to a computer to access the information stored on a mass storage medium
a piece of hardware that is used to house (encase) its storage media
a removable hard disk system that provides portable, high-performance file storage
a revolutionary removable hard disk system which is more efficient and reliable than traditional tape systems, while providing portable, high-performance file storage
a unique thing as it supports both competing media types
Device that reads data from and writes data to a physical disk.
(1) A peripheral device, especially one that has addressed storage media. (2) The mechanism used to seek, read, and write information on a storage medium. (3) See drive designation.
Part of a computer that can read and/or record computer data, for example floppy disk drive, hard drive, CD-ROM drive.
A hardware device that lets you access information on various forms of media, such as hard, floppy, and CD-ROM disks, and magnetic tapes.
The device that holds and reads a hard disk or diskette.
a permanent storage place for documents. Its size is usually measure in Gigabytes.
A machine that reads data from and writes data onto a disk. A disk drive rotates the disk very fast and has one or more heads that read and write data DTP See Desktop Publishing
A device for storing and/or retrieving data. Some drives (such as disk drives, zip drives, and tape drives) are typically capable of having new data written to them, but some others (like CD-ROMs or DVD-ROMs) are not. Some drives have random access (like disk drives, zip drives, CD-ROMs, and DVD-ROMs), while others only have sequential access (like tape drives). Reference
An area of storage that is formatted with a file system and has a drive letter. The storage can be a floppy disk (which is often represented by drive A), a hard disk (usually drive C), a CD-ROM (usually drive D), or another type of disk. You can view the contents of a drive by clicking the drive's icon in Windows Explorer or My Computer. Drive C (also known as the hard disk), contains the computer's operating system and the programs that have been installed on the computer. It also has the capacity to store many of the files and folders that you create.
A memory device, such as a CD-ROM, hard disk, or floppy disk drive. In Windows, a letter is assigned to each drive for easy management.
1) A peripheral computer storage device such as a disk drive or tape drive. 2) To provide power, control signals and data signals to a device. For example, "This motherboard can drive up to 127 USB devices."
Synonym for disk, hard drive, hard disk, disk drive.
An internal or external assembly that can read and/or write electronic data using disk-storage media. For example, a disk operates much like a cassette recorder/player, with the cassette tape acting as the disk-storage media.
Actual tape drive, or tape drive component of a library unit
Describes a dog that really pushes himself to run hard.
The device in a computer that reads data from a disk.
Hardware that allows access to storage media; also called device.
A device used to read and write data on a medium such as a magnetic disk, optical disk, or tape.
A device that holds and spins hard or floppy disks; retrieves and alters data by electromagnetically changing the configuration of the iron oxide coating on the disk(s). See also Floppy Disk and Hard Disk.
a hard hit in a straight line.
An electromechanical device that spins disks and tapes at a specified speed. Also refers to the entire peripheral unit such as disk drive or tape drive.
A device, including a transport and heads, for reading and writing data to a cartridge.
See disk drive.
Any data storage device including CD-ROM drive, floppy disk drive, and hard disk drive.
A piece of software that enables a computer to communicate with a peripheral device. Examples include C (c:) drive for the computer's hard drive, A: (a:) drive for the floppy disk drive, L (l:) drive for the EPC server, etc.
A powerfully hit ball that travels in a straight line. Drive serve A hard-hit, low serve.
A device that spins disks or tapes in order to read and write data; for example, a hard drive, floppy drive, CD-ROM drive, or tape drive.
An electromechanical device that reads from and writes to disks. The three types of common disk drives are floppy disk drives, hard disk drives, and PC card drives.
storage: A device that moves a storage medium and reads it or writes to it. Drives either spin disks or transport tapes. There are floppy drives into which you insert a floppy disk; there are hard drives that are sealed inside the computer or the external box they come in. There are also removable media drives, including those that have a large slot into which you insert a hard disk cartridge, tape drives, DAT drives, CD-ROM drives and optical drives.
An area of storage that is formatted with a file system and has a drive letter. The storage can be a floppy disk, a CD, a hard disk, or another type of disk. You can view the contents of a drive by clicking its icon in Windows Explorer or My Computer. See also: drive letter; file system; volume
That part of a computer-based system (such as a personal computer) into which floppy disks, tapes, CD-ROMs, videodiscs, other optical or magnetic media are inserted when they are being used to input, process, or output information.