Patent Number: 7,042,668

Title: Method and apparatus for generating an index location from a spin motor of a disk drive

Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating an index location from a spin motor of a disk drive are disclosed. A disk drive includes a motor having a plurality of commutation states, wherein changes in commutation states are controlled by an FCOM signal having FCOM pulses. Ideally, when the motor is spinning at a constant speed, the time between FCOM pulses is constant. However, the inventor of the present invention has recognized that, in practice, the time between FCOM pulses, when measured more closely, is not constant due to mechanical tolerances in the motor. Accordingly, the inventor has determined that the non-constant times between FCOM pulses can be advantageously used to generate a spin motor index in a disk drive. Once obtained, the spin motor index may advantageously be used for a number of purposes.

Inventors: Emo; Bruce (Boulder, CO)

Assignee: Maxtor Corporation

International Classification: G11B 5/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/09/02018