Definition of hard drive in US English:

hard drive


  • A high-capacity, self-contained storage device containing a read-write mechanism plus one or more hard disks, inside a sealed unit. Also called hard disk drive.

    • ‘Placing the cache in non-volatile Flash memory near to the hard drive solves the problem.’
    • ‘It's about to find a new purpose in the next generation of hard drives and memory.’
    • ‘This means you can record to the hard drive for temporary storage or to DVDs for archiving.’
    • ‘That brings me to my next point: never ever attempt to write to a hard drive that is corrupt.’
    • ‘The computer will have no built-in hard drives, as storage will be available via the global network.’


hard drive

/hɑrd draɪv/