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hard disk

A flat, circular, rigid plate with a magnetizable surface on one or both sides of which data can be stored. Note: A hard disk is distinguished from a diskette by virtue of the fact that it is rigid. Early in the development of computer technology, hard disks, often multiple disks mounted on a common spindle, were interchangeable and removable from their drives, which were separate from the processor chassis. This technology is still in use, especially in conjunction with large mainframe computers, but physically smaller computers use hard disks that are in sealed units, along with their control electronics and read/write heads. The sealed units are usually installed permanently in the same chassis that contains the processor.