Integrated and Data-Directed Media Maintenance
Original Publication Date: 1987-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
A method is described for performing storage media maintenance in a data processing system executing a plurality of user programs, comprising the steps of: (1) detecting, during execution of a selected phase of a user program, media defects in storage locations used by the program; (2) selecting one of a plurality of predetermined media maintenance routines that needs to be executed for said defects based upon a prespecified set of criteria; and (3) executing said selected maintenance routine during said selected phase as an integral part of the user program. Most data processing centers perform standard utilities, such as backup, reorganization or staging, whereby data are copied between devices.