Patent Number: 7,085,202

Title: Information recording method

Abstract: A recording method for an optical medium having a disk-like substrate with a spiral or concentric-shaped groove structure along a track formed on the substrate. The groove structure is wobbled in a radial direction of the medium and the track is divided into a plurality of units in the track direction by at least one radial boundary line formed by a dropout portion. Identification information is disposed in the track at a head of each recording unit at the dropout portion and the medium is divided into a plurality of zones in a radial direction with a length of a circular arc being substantially the same between the zones in a circumferential direction. At least two adjacent units in the radial direction of the medium comprise one zone. The method includes providing the optical medium, and recording information on the optical medium by irradiating an optical spot thereon.

Inventors: Miyamoto; Harukazu (Kodaira, JP), Suzuki; Yoshio (Fujisawa, JP), Suzuki; Motoyuki (Yokohama, JP), Sugiyama; Hisataka (Kodaira, JP), Minemura; Hiroyuki (Yokohama, JP), Fushimi; Tetsuya (Chigasaki, JP), Tokushuku; Nobuhiro (Yokohama, JP)

Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.

International Classification: G11B 7/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/01/02018