WD External Disc Drive

Malcolm Kay malcolm.kay at internode.on.net
Tue Oct 27 05:51:42 UTC 2009

On Tue, 27 Oct 2009 03:27 pm, Malcolm Kay wrote:
> On Mon, 26 Oct 2009 08:39 pm, Polytropon wrote:
> > Hi Rob,
> >
> > just a little terminology note (from me, Mister
> > Use-the-correct-words): If you are refering to a kind of
> > hard disk, use "disk" with k. Think like "diskette". If you
> > are refering to optical media, use "disc" with c. Think like
> > "CD = compact disc".
> An arbitrary convention adopted by you and a few other people
> does not invalidate the dictionary spellings and usage.
> My Australian (Macquarie) dictionary gives the spelling in all
> cases as "disc" but recognises "disk" as a chiefly US variant.
> My Conscise Oxford (English) dictionary simply gives the two
> spellings as alternatives but states that "disk" is the
> better. My Webster's (American) gives the two forms as
> alternatives without suggesting any preference. Of course
> different editions of the dictionaries may give slightly
> different slants but are most unlikely to actually contradict
> these possibly earlier views.
> > Disk: disk pack, hard disk, disk drive
> > Disc: optical disc, magneto-optical disc, disc drive
> >
> > In your special case, you can even say that your external
> > hard disk shows up as a disc in "Windows". It's correct.
> >
> > I know it may sound impolite (but it is not meant to be),
> > but using the correct terminology is very important if you
> > want to be understood correctly.
> I find your distinctions arbitrary and quite inappropriate;
> again not meaning to sound impolite. So, each to his/her own
> usage but please do not be critical of those of us not
> conforming to your arbirary conventions.

If we look at some acronyms associated with optical media we 
CD -> Compact Disc
DVD -> Digital Video Disc
UDF -> Universal Disk Format (The file system frequently used on 
CDs and DVDs)
So there is no consistency here!


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