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hard disk

a computer data storage medium that consists of a rigid disk with an electromagnetic coating allowing information to be transcribed onto and from it. Permanently mounted in a dust-proof container, a hard disk has a storage capacity many times that of a diskette. Also called hard drive. Compare diskette.
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Newer hard disks and RAID 6 chip accelerators are laying the foundation for RAID 6 technologies to deliver the next stage in data protection.
For added safety, Windows 98 provides the option of creating a very powerful startup floppy disk, so if a problem is so severe the computer fails to boot up from the hard disk, you can "kick start" it from the floppy.
FIFE, Scotland, July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Disk drive manufacturer Calluna Technology has started shipping evaluation samples of its 170MB PCMCIA Type III compatible hard disk drive.
Hard disks become disorganized from the continued storing and restoring of files that constantly increase in size.
At present, prices of 4GB flash memory and 8GB micro hard disks are about US$80 and US$70 respectively.
Putting hard disks in front of the tape drive or library and then fooling the backup or archiving software that it is a tape drive and not a hard disk allows the software to rapidly put data on the tape.
Today, the well-equipped, peripatetic CPA carries a slim notebook that contains an ample hard disk (which can be slipped out so another hard disk loaded with other applications and files can be used in its place), a CD-ROM drive and a modem for communications.
In the late 1970s, when personal computers were just catching on, the standard 10megabyte (Mb) hard disks were sufficient to store most major applications, with ample room for data.
Our iSCSI SAN combined with KOM Networks e-WORM solution, which permanently archives fixed content data on hard disks in an un-alterable format, helps customers not only archive data but also address ever-changing compliance requirements.
For example, if the laptop is snatched and the piercing alarm is sounded, the surprised thief probably will drop the computer, damaging the hard disk and making the data inaccessible.
When computer hard disks are initially formatted, the computer identifies bad spots on the surface of the disk and refuses to store data on those places.