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disk operating system

n. an operating system that is on a disk [syn: DOS]

Disk operating system

A disk operating system (abbreviated DOS) is a computer operating system that can use a disk storage device, such as a floppy disk, hard disk drive, or optical disc. A disk operating system must provide a file system for organizing, reading, and writing files on the storage disk.

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MS-DOS stands for Microsoft Disk Operating System, an ancient operating system dating from 1981.

The boot disk bypassed the machine's Windows operating system and went straight to the leaner MS-DOS - the famous Microsoft Disk Operating System, which is the basis for the more user-friendly Windows.