Short for static friction
, a condition in which a hard disk drive’s read/write heads
become stuck to the disk s platters
with enough strength to keep the platters from spinning, resulting in hard drive failure. When a computer is turned off, its hard drive’s read/write heads park
on the platter’s landing zones
. Under normal circumstances, the heads will lift off the platter when the computer’s hard drive is activated and the platters rotate. Stiction typically occurs when a computer has been turned off for long periods of time.