Erase Power Calibration of Magneto-Optic Media
Original Publication Date: 1986-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
An automatic control system determines the amount of laser power necessary to erase magneto-optic disk media. Use of this system increases laser lifetime. When an erasable magneto-optic disk is first used in a disk drive, the disk must be formatted. This control system provides an erase calibration procedure which is included as part of that formatting operation. The erase calibration procedure is controlled by a microprocessor, for example, one already resident in the drive. This calibration procedure comprises the following steps: 1. A test band of tracks, not accessible to the user, is laser written using a single frequency square-wave source. These test tracks are written using nominal write power to energize the laser. 2. These written tracks are then laser erased, one at a time.