Fixed disk

Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope
Computer hard drive

Alternatively referred to as a fixed disk drive, fixed media or fixed storage, a fixed disk is a term used to describe a hard drive inside the computer.

The word "fixed" is used because the drives are internal or in an enclosure that's not easily removed. Unlike a fixed disk, a removable disk such as a floppy diskette or compact disc are both easily inserted and removed from the computer.

Note

Although USB external hard drives can be easily moved from the computer, these drives are still referred to as a fixed disk drive.

Tip

A fixed disk may also refer to the disk platter inside of a hard drive.

Fixed, Hard drive terms, Media, Removable disk, Storage