Patent Number: 7,612,960

Title: Method for formatting data sectors on magnetic disk, and magnetic disk drive

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention efficiently format long sectors, without decreasing the performance, in a magnetic disk drive in which servo sectors are radially formed at regular intervals, and make full use of the ECC performance that is enhanced by the long sectors. In one embodiment, a data format in each zone on a magnetic disk is completed by a plurality of tracks N (N is an integer, which is 2 or more). The storage capacity per track of the outermost radius zone Z#1 is 150 kB. In this zone, long sectors each having a length of 32 kB are formatted with the number of tracks per format N#1=3. The storage capacity per track of the innermost radius zone Z#m is 80 kB. In this zone, long sectors each having a length of 32 kB are formatted with the number of tracks per format N#m=2.

Inventors: Satoh; Naoki (Kanagawa, JP), Takashi; Terumi (Kanagawa, JP), Ogawa; Hitoshi (Kanagawa, JP), Tsuchinaga; Hiroyuki (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.

International Classification: G11B 5/09 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/03/02017