Disk or Disc What’s the Differance?

Posted: February 5, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Why the alternate spellings of the word ‘disk’ and what’s the difference?  Does it really matter how it’s spelled?


Technically speaking, according to my research, it’s an alternate spelling to:

  • designate the differences in the media types.  There are several different computer medias out there I found a list here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc with further descriptions (technical) for each media type that is used or has been used.

According to one dictionary I checked, it is defined as:

  • “An alternate spelling for disk with a “k.” Some computer manufacturers use this spelling for magnetic disks, but “disc” usually refers to optical media, such as CDs and DVDs.”

  Inserted from http://computer.yourdictionary.com/disc

  • the pronunciation is the same no matter which spelling you are referring to.

This is a quick tidbit on the differences in the media term disc and disk.  There really isn’t much more to say on the actual definition, but overall I feel you could use the spellings interchangeably in everyday writing.  If you plan on using the word in technical writing, better double-check the list   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc to see which media type gets which spelling.

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