Patent Number: 8,089,729

Title: Slider with an air bearing surface and related topography

Abstract: A slider for use with disk drive data storage devices includes a topography that defines features of the slider. The features facilitate in controlling fly-height and/or inhibiting lubricant accumulation on the slider. For example, a trailing air bearing surface of the slider may be formed around a multi-stepped channel that adjusts the fly-height. Further, a shallow shelf behind an air bearing surface and/or curved edges of the features to alter stagnation may contribute to at least inhibiting lubricant collection on the slider.

Inventors: Huang; Weidong (San Jose, CA)

Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.

International Classification: G11B 5/60 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2020-01-03 0:00:00