Hard Drive

Posted on 2012-08-31
Last Modified: 2012-08-31
I was asked this question and I do not know the answer:

Why is the hard drive called a "Drive"?
Question by:RichfieldTech
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    It began back before hard drives when data was mostly stored on tape, and accessed via tape "drives" that fed the tape past the read/write heads and kept the tape on the reel tensioned correctly. The terminology simply stuck when technology introduced floppy drives and hard disk drives. In essence, a motor turns, "driving" the media past a magnetic head.
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    Hard = hardqare of a PC
    Drive= "a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine"

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks.  A teacher wants to share this with her middle school class.  This is explained in a way they will be able to grasp.  Now she must explain what a tape is--LOL!
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    Hard = hardware of a PC

    And a better quote for Drive:

    " (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium"

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