Optical servo system for a tape drive

  • US 6,236,529 B1
  • Filed: 05/22/2000
  • Issued: 05/22/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/01/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In a tape drive, a system for aligning a read/write head with a selected set of a plurality of data tracks written on a first side of a tape as said tape passes over said read/write head, wherein said tape also includes optical servo features formed on a second side of said tape and wherein said second side of said tape is devoid of data fields for writing data thereon, said system comprising:

  • means for reflectively illuminating said optical servo features from said second side of said tape;

    means for reading said optical servo features from said second side of said tape; and

    means, responsive to said read optical servo features, for aligning said read/write head with said selected set of a plurality of data tracks on said first side of said tape.

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