seek time


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seek time

n.
The amount of time that a disk drive's head takes to move to a specific location on a disk.
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Noun1.seek time - (computer science) the time it takes for a read/write head to move to a specific data track
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
access time - (computer science) the interval between the time data is requested by the system and the time the data is provided by the drive; "access time is the sum of seek time and rotational latency and command processing overhead"
track-to-track seek time - (computer science) the time it takes for a read/write head to move to an adjacent data track
interval, time interval - a definite length of time marked off by two instants
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Islamabad -- During the cabinet meeting on Thursday number of ministers tried to seek time from Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif in order to hold separate meetings with him.
The slow seek time, throughput performance, media characteristics and sequential access nature of tapes and tape drives causes complexity, unreliability and limitations within existing backup systems.
and a 60-tool magazine with a short seek time, diminishing out-of-cut time.
The Ultra 160 SCSI Atlas V offers a density of 9Gb/platter in 9, 18 and 36Gb capacities, and an average seek time of 6.
Originally, the MPC-1 standard for the CD-ROM drive included a seek time of 1000 milliseconds (ms) (most hard drives today are in the under-20 ms range) and a sustained DTR of 150K/sec.