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Local Drive

Definition - What does Local Drive mean?

A local drive is a computer disk drive that is installed directly within the host or the local computer. It is a computer's native hard disk drive (HDD), which is directly accessed by the computer for storing and retrieving data.

A local drive may also be called a local disk.

Techopedia explains Local Drive

Local drive is one of the most common use models and implementations of an HDD. It is installed in a computer through any of the motherboard disk interfaces such as serial, ATAPI or SATA. A local drive can be contrasted with a network or remote drive, which is installed on a network server and accessed over the network.

As opposed to a network drive, a local drive provides much faster data access speed. Moreover, a computer can have more than one local drive.

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