Disk drive

Updated: 10/02/2017 by Computer Hope
Computer hard drive

A disk drive is a physical drive in a computer capable of holding and retrieving information. Below is a list of all the different types of computer disk drives.


A "disk" drive refers to a magnetic disk inside of the drive or diskette. If the drive uses different technology, such as CD-ROM that uses a laser, it's not called a "disk drive." In this example, a CD-ROM is called a disc drive.

Examples of computer disk drives


See our drive definition for a full list of all computer drives.

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