Diskette with Slotted Bail Load Pad Area
Original Publication Date: 1982-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Flexible disk drives use a bail load pad to control the location and axial motion of the disk with reference to a platen. A bail load force higher than that necessary to hold the diskette jacket against the platen increases disk wear and imposes a higher drive torque requirement. Inadequate bail load force results in loss of control of the location and axial runout of the disk. While a flat diskette jacket may require only a minimum bail load force to position the disk, a warped jacket may require substantially more force since the jacket itself must be flattened.