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Disc vs. Disk

August 29th, 2010

Today I was listening to “Say’s You,” which is a radio program I’m partial to. Yeah, a radio program…big whoop, wanna fight about it?

At any rate, their regular panel was being quizzed on computer terms, among which were “head crash,” “flashing your firmware,” “bricking,” and some others. Slaving most of my life away slaving in front of computer type machines, I was pretty familiar with all the terms, but one of the questions I didn’t know the answer to:

What is the difference between a disc and a disk?

Give up? Well, as it turns out, the term “disc” is used for optical media, including CDs, DVDs, LaserDiscs, etc., and “disk” is used for magnetic media. Who knew?


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