Patent Number: 7,042,683

Title: Slider-level reader isolation measurement technique for advanced GMR heads

Abstract: A read/write head for a disk drive having a shorting conductor from a shield of the read element to a conductor that runs from the write element to an external electrical contact pad. This allows for the measurement of the electrical isolation between the read sensor and the read shield via the external contact pads. Such a capability allows the electrical isolation to be measured both during the lapping process and subsequent to the heads being diced into separate sliders. This shorting conductor may be in the form of an internal shorting stud or in the form of an interim conductor that passes through the parting zone between adjacent heads. In the latter case, the shorting conductor is broken when the heads are diced so that a head of this embodiment can only be measured for electrical isolation prior to dicing.

Inventors: Cross; Ralph W. (Lyons, CO), Broussalian; Chris (Loveland, CO)

Assignee: Maxtor Corporation

International Classification: G11B 5/127 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/09/02018