Patent Number: 6,309,162

Title: Data storage system with redundant media handling assemblies

Abstract: A data storage system comprising: a media picker displacement path having afirst end and a second end; a first media picker assembly mounted in thepicker displacement path; a second media picker assembly mounted in thepicker displacement path; a plurality of data storage media accesslocations located along the picker displacement path; the first mediapicker assembly being displaceable along the path from the first end to apoint of interfering contact with the second media picker assembly; thesecond media picker assembly being displaceable along the path from thesecond end to a point of interfering contact with the first media pickerassembly; the storage system having a normal running operating modewherein the first media picker assembly is stationarily positioned at thefirst end of the displacement path and the second picker assembly isselectively positionable along the remainder of the path; the storagesystem having a fall back running operating mode wherein the second mediapicker assembly is stationarily positioned at the second end of thedisplacement path and the first picker assembly is selectivelypositionable along the remainder of the path.

Inventors: White; Joseph M. (Windsor, CO)

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Expiration Date: 10/32013