Patent Number: 7,787,345

Title: Optical storage medium, optical read/write apparatus, and optical read/write method

Abstract: An optical read/write apparatus causes a read/write light beam from illuminating means to strike only one side of an optical storage medium including stacked data storage layers each of which is readable/writeable separately from the other layers. In this case, the optical read/write apparatus operates so that data is read/written from/into a second data storage layer after fully recording a recordable area of a first data storage layer. Thus, light can be shone with uniform intensity across the substantially entire recordable area of the second data storage layer without using a complex read/write system even under such conditions that the transmittance to light of the first data storage layer in the recordable area may vary depending on whether any data is recorded in the recordable area.

Inventors: Hirokane; Junji (Nara, JP), Iwata; Noboru (Tenri, JP)

Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: G11B 7/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018