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Disk vs. Disc
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DVD Profiler Desktop and Mobile RegistrantStar Contributormreeder50
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Registered: March 29, 2007
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A hard disk drive that is in you computer is spelled Disk. An optical disc such as DVD, BD, 3DBD, 4K is spelled Disc.

Just some info for anyone who doesn't know the difference.

Please, if I'm wrong and someone has other info, jump in and correct me.
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Disc and disk are both variants of the English word for objects of a generally thin and cylindrical geometry. The differences in spelling correspond both with regional differences and with different senses of the word. For example, in the case of flat, rotational data storage media the convention is that the spelling disk is used for magnetic storage (e.g. hard disks) while disc is used for optical storage (e.g. compact discs, better known as CDs). When there is no clear convention, the spelling disk is more popular in American English, while the spelling disc is more popular in British English.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spelling_of_disc
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Both of you have summed it up nicely. I never think about it - just sort of automatically choose the correct spelling, at least most of the time. If I see either of the phrases "disc drive" or "disk drive" out of context, the mental image that forms, is just as you both have described. It is amusing that most hard "disk" drives are comprised internally of one or more magnetic "discs"! 
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