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What is a Hard Disk Drive?

The hard disk drive is the main, and usually largest, data storage hardware device in a computer.  The operating system, software titles, and most other files are stored in the hard disk drive.

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The Hard Disk Drive is Also Known As HDD (abbreviation), hard drive, hard disk, fixed drive, fixed disk, fixed disk drive.

A hard disk drive (HDD), hard disk, hard drive or fixed disk is a data storage device that uses magnetic storage to store and retrieve digital information using one or more rigid rapidly rotating disks (platters) coated with magnetic material. The platters are paired with magnetic heads, usually arranged on a moving actuator arm, which read and write data to the platter surfaces. Data is accessed in a random-access manner, meaning that individual blocks of data can be stored or retrieved in any order and not only sequentially.

HDDs are a type of non-volatile memory, retaining stored data even when powered off.

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