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Which is correct? ...both? ...only one, all the time?

Is your OS CD/DVD
...a gray disc?
...a gray disk?
...or, is it grey?

Is your hard drive
...a disc?
...a disk?
Am I driving you crazy yet?

What about
...a floppy disc?
...or floppy disk?
Does it matter?

Let the discussion begin...
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Which is correct?
Okay.
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Is your OS CD/DVD
...a gray disc?
...a gray disk?
Disc.
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Is your hard drive
...a disc?
...a disk?
Disk.
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What about
...a floppy disc?
...or floppy disk?
Disk.
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Does it matter?
Yes, it does.
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Let the discussion begin...
No need for a discussion when there is a definitive answer.

What's the difference between a "disc" and a "disk?"

Oh, and it's "gray" if you're American and "grey" if you're English.

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I'm American, but I still have enough class to spell grey the correct way. Also I spell colour with a u.

Also, good work on the disc vs disk. If it's magnetic, it's a disk. If it's optical, it's a disc.
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Disc with a 'c' is optical media such as the CD/DVD discs, whilst disk with a 'k' is the hard drive disk. For the doubtful read this link from Apple:-

What's the difference between a "disc" and a "disk?"
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Disc with a 'c' is optical media such as the CD/DVD discs, whilst disk with a 'k' is the hard drive disk. For the doubtful read this link from Apple:-

What's the difference between a "disc" and a "disk?"
Yep, that is a handy link.

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No need for a discussion when there is a definitive answer.

What's the difference between a "disc" and a "disk?"

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harry was just backin' ya up there

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I'm American, but I still have enough class to spell grey the correct way. Also I spell colour with a u.

Also, good work on the disc vs disk. If it's magnetic, it's a disk. If it's optical, it's a disc.
Oh please.
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Yeah, I figured someone would cut to the chase and spill the beans. (or is it beanes?)
Oh well, no fun it that.
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An easy way to remember is that the "c" in disc is curved, much like a CD or DVD. Once you know which one a disc is, it's easy to deduce that a hard drive would be the other one.


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I always thought that "disc" referred to the shape of optical media, whereas disk was a shortened form of "diskette". Of course, that doesn't account for "hard disk". I wonder what the actual origin of the word "disk" is.

The local newspaper used to run a regular column by an automotive journalist, and it used to drive me nuts when he referred to disc brakes as "disk brakes". I was even tempted to write him, now I'm glad I didn't. Apparently there is a completely arbitrary designation for certain disc-shaped objects.

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A Toast user's guide from 1997 says Discs.
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huh... I never payed attention to this difference.

Learned something new here,

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Well, laser disc movies and compact discs existed long before that 1997 toast manual. :-P And CWA, I'd imagine diskette was a lengthened version of disk, not the other way around? Then again, who knows.

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D3v1L80Y answered this quite definitavely. I'm surprised the Moderaters have not closed this already.

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Oh, and it's "gray" if you're American and "grey" if you're English.
English or Australian
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English or Australian
...or Canadian .

Without actually knowing the semantics behind with word disk/c, I always tended to use disc for optical media and disk for hard disks. I've just always see it spelled that way so had assumed it wasn't even an issue.

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