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Hard drive

Quick Definition

A hard drive is a device that stores large amounts of data for long periods of time. These are one of the components found in nearly every computer, where they serve as the machine's primary data storage.

Additional hard drives can be added to computers in various ways. One popular way to do this is through the use of USB hard drives, which are small stand alone units that plug into one of your computer's USB ports.