Patent Number: 6,169,640

Title: Servo band identification in linear tape systems having timing based servo formats

Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of formatting timing based servo bands, as used in linear data tape systems, in a way that allows differentiation between different adjacent pairs of servo bands. Each servo band is recorded with a similar or identical timing based pattern. However, the patterns in the various servo bands are offset longitudinally from each other, so that each pair of adjacent servo bands exhibits a unique inter-band timing relationship. The bands are recorded using a patterned write head with write gaps at different longitudinal offsets.

Inventors: Fasen; Donald J. (Boise, ID)

Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Co.

International Classification: G11B 5/584 (20060101); G11B 005/09 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018