(p rk) (v.)
To lock the read/write head
of a hard disk drive
in a safe position so that the disk
will not be damaged while moving the drive. The space where the head is parked typically is called the landing zone
. Parking the disk is particularly important for portable computers
, which are moved frequently. The disk will automatically unpark
itself once you turn the power on.
All modern disk drives support automatic head parking, in which the drive automatically parks the head whenever the power is turned off.