Patent Number: 6,298,016

Title: Recording media including auxiliary memory of different types

Abstract: Promotion of effective use in accordance with different types of media,reduction in the load on users, and promotion of diversified use modes byuse of media. A plurality of types of recording media (disk media, ICmedia, and hybrid media) are respectively almost the same in cartridgeshape and any of them can be mounted in the recording media mounting partof a drive unit to enable recording or reproduction operations. The driveunit has a recording media mounting part in which the plurality of typesof recording media can be respectively mounted, identifies the type ofrecording media mounted in the recording media mounting part in accordancewith an identification feature formed on the cartridge of the recordingmedia, and in accordance with the type of the identified recording media,performs a recording or reproduction operation on the mounted recordingmedia by either or both of disk drive means and IC memory drive means.

Inventors: Otsuka; Satoshi (Kanagawa, JP)


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Expiration Date: 10/02/2013