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disc vs disk in US[edit]

As far as I know, disc is not used in the US for hard disk drives, only optical discs (CDs and DVDs). It is just Seagate, a US company that makes hard disk drives, that persists in calling them "discs". --A D Monroe III 23:11, July 30, 2005 (UTC)

I thought it was disk for hard and floppy disks and disc for optical discs throughout the English-speaking world. --Evice 21:02, 3 June 2006 (UTC)
I think the distinction is more of computing vs. audio/video, Seagate notwithstanding. --Connel MacKenzie T C 15:55, 8 June 2006 (UTC)


On disc it is clearly stated that it is the US and Canadian spelling of disk. On this article however, there is no statement on where this spelling is used; therefore I am at loss on how f ex an Australian would spell it. Please elucidate.--sanna 15:35, 8 June 2006 (UTC)

In the US, disk and disc are used to mean different things (as stated above) but both words are in common use. Considering that Hollywood takes most of the blame for cultural crossover from the US, I'd assume the same is true elsewhere. --Connel MacKenzie T C 15:58, 8 June 2006 (UTC)
Sorry to nag, but would : A coin is a disk of metal. then be considered correct spelling in the US? --sanna 07:00, 9 June 2006 (UTC)


I used to see this as an informal verb, meaning "convert to floppy disk" (from cassette tape etc.), e.g. you would sometimes get a pirated copy of a game with a banner saying "Disked by so-and-so". Saw it a lot in the 1990s. Equinox 23:28, 19 November 2011 (UTC)