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seek time

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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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The Ultrastar 15K147 is Hitachi's highest-performer, delivering average seek times as fast as 3.
5-inch form factor, with 13 msec average seek times.
A small form PCI-Express design without any mechanical elements of traditional hard disks, PuRAMxpress drives provide near instant access to any file with typical seek times of 5 to 10 microseconds and boasts native I/O performance by up to 100 times the values of current high-end disk drives and are self-backing-up and fault-safety devices that guarantee the ultimate data integrity
The new drive supports fast transfer rates and seek times, allowing users to access more data in less time.
Non-clients of the NYT News Service and Syndicate in the domestic editorial and commercial markets who seek Times images will now contact Redux Pictures through its Web site (www.
5mm high and support fast data transfer rates and seek times allowing users to access more data in less time.