Why is a hard disk called "hard"?

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shravan
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Why is a hard disk called "hard"?

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Because earlier there were other types of magnetic storage disks that were flexible and that could be bent. For example, the Floppy Disk :)
The discs in hard drives are rigid and don't bend or flex.(Don’t actually do this, unless you want to break your computer), but if you open an HDD, you will find that the magnetic disks that store the data are physically rigid (‘hard’).
This is in contrast to floppy drives, which use disks that are physically floppy. (3.5″ drives have a hard plastic case, but the disk itself is still floppy.)
Or SSDs, which have no moving parts and are entirely solid.
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