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Chapter 6. Understanding Disks and Disk ... > Understanding the Dynamics of the Di...

Understanding the Dynamics of the Disk Drive

Thus far, the discussion of the mechanics of magnetic disk technology has centered on the physical. The following sections of this chapter introduce you to the logical aspects of how drives are constructed and used.

Disk Drive Heads

The read/write heads used in magnetic disk drives bear little resemblance to the heads in a tape recorder because they must be mounted in such a way that they can cover the entire radius of a disk. Figure 6.4 shows the hardware for read/write heads.


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