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Data Storage Library with Picker Containing Media Reader

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116580D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 4 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dang, CH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes an optical juke box wherein the drive is moved to fetch a disk and parked at a parking platform while it accesses the data from said disk.

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Data Storage Library with Picker Containing Media Reader

      This article describes an optical juke box wherein the drive is
moved to fetch a disk and parked at a parking platform while it
accesses the data from said disk.

The preferred embodiment of this invention, as illustrated in Fig. 1,
comprises:
  o  A picker assembly 1 which is guided by rails 5 and moved in the
Z
      direction by a motor 6 via rack 7 and pinion 8,
  o  A drive 4 with a loader 9 which is mounted on the picker
assembly
      1,
  o  A storage receptacle column 3 where media cartridges 2 are
      stored,
  o  Parking platforms 10 which are located at the extremities of the
      picker travel.

      During operation, the picker assembly 1 moves the drive to the
cartridge which data to be accessed, the drive loader 9 loads said
cartridge into the drive.  While the picker brings the drive to the
nearest parking platform, the media disk is spun up to operating
speed.  When the picker assembly securely parks on the parking
platform, the data processing is then started.  The clamps 11 which
are mechanical devices or electro-magnets can be used to provide
additional fastening force between the picker assembly and the
parking platform, it further stabilizes the drive.  The disk is spun
down while the picker brings the drive back to cartridge storage slot
where the drive loader unloads the cartridge into before the next
move.  Since the disk is spun up and spun d...