Patent Number: 7,788,555

Title: Using fractional sectors for mapping defects in disk drives

Abstract: Herein described is at least a method and system for processing a read or write operation when one or more defects are mapped using one or more fractional sectors. The method comprises using one or more fractional sectors to map defects and to store data symbols. Furthermore, a first algorithm is used for translating a logical block address into a physical starting location such that one or more fractional sectors may be processed during a read or write operation. A second algorithm is used for temporally processing one or more portions of a track of a disk drive, wherein the one or more portions may comprise one or more defective fractional sectors, non-defective fractional sectors, frame remainders, and servo sectors. The system comprises a memory, a processor, and software resident in said memory. The process executes the software that implements the first and second algorithms.

Inventors: Flake; Lance Leslie (Longmont, CO)

Assignee: Broadcom Corporation

International Classification: G11C 29/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018