Track Path for a Rotary Head
Original Publication Date: 1982-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
The path of the track of a rotary head drive is offset from the edge of the tape one track further than the first byte of data of the next track. The average path of each track is at a small angle to the tape length such that, in a block of data, the end of the track is at the same distance from the edge of the tape as the start of the subsequent track. At least two transducers are provided in the rotary head offset but positioned the same distance from the edge of the rotor. The rotary head is transported laterally during reading and writing and follows a fixed parallel motion along the tape when not transferring data.