A disk drive is a physical drive in a computer capable of holding and retrieving information. Below is a list of all of the different types of computer disk drives.
Tip: A "disk" drive refers to a magnetic disk inside of the drive or diskette. If the drive is using a different technology, such as a CD-ROM that uses a laser, it is not referred to as a "disk drive." In this example, a CD-ROM is referred to as a disc drive.
Examples of computer disk drives
Tip: See our drive definition for a full list of all computer drives.