Patent Number: 6,297,927

Title: Multiple tape cartridge and drive system wherein tapes are extracted from the cartridge

Abstract: In a drive system and a magnetic tape cartridge for use therewith, the magnetic tape cartridge contains a number of magnetic tapes, and the drive system contains at least a like number of read/write heads. The drive system includes a mechanism which is engageable with all of the magnetic tapes in the cartridge for simultaneously extracting all of the magnetic tapes from the cartridge and moving all of the magnetic tapes so that each tape engages with at least one of the read/write heads. Data can then be simultaneously transferred between the engaged tapes and read/write heads, so that the time needed to access data in a read mode, and the time needed to write data in a record mode, are correspondingly reduced by a multiple which is dependent on the number of tapes. All of the tapes are wound onto a single take-up reel.

Inventors: Rudi; Guttorm (Fjelhamar, NO)

Assignee: Tandberg Data ASA

International Classification: G11B 15/66 (20060101); G11B 23/087 (20060101); G11B 15/67 (20060101); G11B 23/20 (20060101); G11B 23/26 (20060101); G11B 005/008 (); G11B 023/02 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018