Patent Number: 6,966,107

Title: Merging a head stack assembly with a data storage medium

Abstract: Apparatus for merging a disc drive head disc assembly (HSA) with a disc stack. The HSA comprises a flexure which supports a data transducing head and the disc stack comprises a disc having a data storage surface. A merge assembly includes a shipping comb attached to the HSA, the shipping comb having a first alignment member and a first flexure support member. The merge assembly further includes a merge comb having a second alignment member and a second flexure support member. The merge comb is advanced by a robotic arm to a position where the second alignment member engages the first alignment member. This aligns the shipping comb with the merge comb and allows transfer of support of the flexure to the second flexure support member at an elevation suitable to subsequently pass the head in a safe, clearing relationship over the data storage surface.

Inventors: Jones; Jonathan P. (Piedmont, OK)

Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC

International Classification: G11B 5/48 (20060101); G11B 005/127 ()

Expiration Date: 1/22/02018