Record Copying Patents (Class 360/15)
  • Patent number: 10200562
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an imaging unit configured to image a subject and generate image data; a display configured to display information including an image corresponding to the image data; a first recording slot mounting a first recording medium for recording the image data; a second recording slot mounting a second recording medium for recording the image data; a recording controller configured to set a recording mode between: an automatic switching mode in which recording of the image data is performed by repeatedly switching between the first and the second recording media in a predetermined order; and a simultaneous recording mode in which recording of the image data to the first and the second recording media is simultaneously performed; and a display controller configured to display setting mode information relating to the recording mode set by the recording controller in a different display mode for each recording mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Takahashi, Keiji Kunishige, Katsuhisa Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 10045467
    Abstract: A system and method to render inoperable electronic devices disposed with a volume of a fluid-tight sealed enclosure. Thermally conductive fluids that fill one or more volumes of said sealed enclosure may be circulated away from said sealed enclosure to an external heat exchange mechanism. The volume of the sealed container contains one or more single phase or multi-phase thermally conductive fluids and may contain solid or sealed hollow structures that conform to or occupy space between said electronic devices. Pressure balancing mechanisms are included to maintain suitable pressure of gaseous fluid in a volume of the sealed container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: David Lane Smith
  • Patent number: 10019584
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a function unit configured to perform a predetermined function, a volatile memory configured to store data which is necessary for performing the function of the function unit, and a controller configured to control the function unit using the encrypted data stored in the volatile memory, and to encrypt data to be stored in the volatile memory and write the data on a predetermined area of the volatile memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: S-PRINTING SOLUTION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wook-Jin Shim, Youn-jae Kim
  • Patent number: 9983803
    Abstract: Technical solutions are described for shifting wearout of an array of storage disks in a storage system. In an aspect, a method includes staggering completion of maximum number of writes for each storage disk in the array. The method also includes copying data from a storage disk in the array to a replacement disk and redirecting a request to access the data from the storage disk to the replacement disk. The method also includes, in response to passage of a predetermined duration of time since copying the data from the storage disk to the replacement disk, copying the data from the replacement disk to the storage disk and directing the request to access the data from the storage disk back to the storage disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffery M. Franke, James A. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 9921760
    Abstract: Technical solutions are described for shifting wearout of an array of storage disks in a storage system. In an aspect, a method includes staggering completion of maximum number of writes for each storage disk in the array. The method also includes copying data from a storage disk in the array to a replacement disk and redirecting a request to access the data from the storage disk to the replacement disk. The method also includes, in response to passage of a predetermined duration of time since copying the data from the storage disk to the replacement disk, copying the data from the replacement disk to the storage disk and directing the request to access the data from the storage disk back to the storage disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffery M. Franke, James A. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 9880913
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a storage controller coupled to at least one multi-region storage device. The at least one multi-region storage device comprises two or more storage regions, the two or more storage regions comprising a first storage region associated with a first set of failure characteristics and at least a second storage region associated with a second set of failure characteristics different than the first set of failure characteristics. The storage controller is configured to replicate in the second storage region at least a portion of data that is stored in the first storage region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Bulent Abali, Mohammad Banikazemi, Timothy J. Chainer, James L. Hafner, Dan E. Poff, Krishnakumar Rao Surugucchi
  • Patent number: 9823962
    Abstract: In a memory having a memory array, a method includes reading read data from the memory array, and detecting a first bit error in the read data. The method further includes checking all bitcells in a radial search region about the first bit error. The radial search region is defined by a search radius which indicates a number of concentric rings of bitcells physically surrounding the first bit error in the memory array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew C. Russell
  • Patent number: 9753664
    Abstract: A method of detecting whether data in a tape drive used in a file system is tampered is described according to one embodiment. The method includes the steps of: (a) preparing a first tape cartridge including a tape on which multiple files and archival records of index information are stored in a WORM partition, and index information is stored in the R/W partition; (b) reading and comparing the index information of the R/W partition and the last index information of the WORM partition; and (c) when these two pieces of index information do not match, determining that the index information of the R/W partition is tampered in case these two pieces of index information do not match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Hasegawa, Takamasa Hirata, Naoki Imai, Masanori Kamiya, Yutaka Oishi
  • Patent number: 9699374
    Abstract: Provided are an image device and method for operating the device. The image device includes a memory, a first image processor configured to receive image data that includes first and second sub-data, perform first image processing, and write a result of the first image processing to the memory, a second image processor configured to read the first and second sub-data, on which the first image processing has been performed, from the memory, and perform second image processing that is different from the first image processing, and a controller configured to control the second image processor to read the first sub-data, on which the first image processing has been performed, from the memory, before the second sub-data, on which the first image processing has been performed, is written in the memory, after the first sub-data, on which the first image processing has been performed, is written in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong-Bae Song
  • Patent number: 9564128
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices are provided for controlling a speech recognition process on a computing device. A computing device may receive audio signals from a microphone and muscle movement signals from a muscle movement detector, such as an electromyography sensor. The computing device may determine whether the audio signals satisfy an audio characteristic criterion indicative of speech and whether the head muscle activity signals satisfy a muscle movement criterion indicative of the user speaking. The computing device may perform voice recognition processing on the audio signals through a voice recognition algorithm in response to determining that both the audio signals and the head muscle activity signals satisfy their respective criterion indicative of the user speaking, and not perform voice recognition processing of audio signals while either audio signals or head muscle activity signals do not satisfy their respective criterion indicative of the user speaking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: KeeHyun Park, Hsuan-Hsu Cheng, Aravind Sankaran, Parashuram Kadadi
  • Patent number: 9399553
    Abstract: A location of a first drive in a storage medium library is determined. In response to a determination of the location of the first drive, it is determined whether a first storage medium is located within a first distance from the first drive. In response to a determination that the first storage medium is not located within the first distance from the first drive, it is determined whether the first storage medium is located within a second distance from the first drive. In response to a determination that the first storage medium is located within the first distance or the second distance from the first drive, the first storage medium is made available to be read by or written to by the first drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Hasegawa, Takamasa Hirata, Naoki Imai, Masanori Kamiya, Yutaka Oishi
  • Patent number: 9367247
    Abstract: Incoming memory access requests are routed in a set of incoming queues, the incoming memory access requests comprise a range of host logical block addresses (LBAs) that correspond to a memory space of a primary memory. The host LBA range is directly mapped to clusters of secondary memory, the secondary memory corresponding to a memory space of a secondary memory. Each incoming memory access request queued in the set of incoming queues is transformed into one or more outgoing memory access requests that include a range of secondary memory clusters or one or more clusters of secondary memory clusters. The outgoing memory access requests are routed in a set of outgoing queues. The secondary memory is accessed using the outgoing memory access requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventor: Sumanth Jannyavula Venkata
  • Patent number: 9350474
    Abstract: A digital audio routing system providing a process and system for managing multi-channel audio signals and a plurality of language signals, and decoding the signals into serial sound data to create a program serial data and a plurality of language serial data. The program serial data and the plurality of language serial data are aligned, and the program serial data is separated. The plurality of language serial data are separated to create a plurality of language channels. At least one language channel is mixed with at least one serial data to generate a language channel mix. The levels of each program serial data and language channel mix are adjusted to generate a final output mix. The final output mix is encoded to adhere to the AES-3id standard to create an output signal, and the output signal is then transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: William Mareci
  • Patent number: 9349408
    Abstract: A hard disk duplication device capable of expanding duplication capacity by chain connection, including one or more duplicators, the duplicator including: an expansion input connection port; an expansion output connection port; an information display screen; multiple buttons including a start button and multiple selection buttons; and at least one hard disk connection port; wherein, the chain connection is achieved by connecting the expansion output connection port of one of a plurality of the duplicators with the expansion input connection port of another of the plurality of the duplicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: CHAIN-IN ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hong-Chuan Wang
  • Patent number: 9338481
    Abstract: A communication apparatus capable of switching between videos to be each displayed on a reproduction apparatus based on video data subjected to streaming distribution, on a distributor side. A camera registers management information of a plurality of cameras capable of distributing images to a PC by streaming distribution in a camera management table. Selection of a camera that is to distribute images to the PC is received from a user on a camera selection screen of the camera. The camera management table is updated so as to distribute images from the selected camera to the PC. Upon receipt of a playlist acquisition request from the PC, the camera generates a playlist based on the updated camera management table, and sends the generated playlist to the PC as a response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shunji Fujita
  • Patent number: 9324362
    Abstract: A storage device includes a data degradation management module that tracks a risk of data degradation by incrementing a track write counter of a first data track responsive to each data write command to a second data track, such as a data track directly adjacent to the first data track. If a count of the track write counter exceeds a count threshold, one or more post-write scan operations are performed to assess and/or repair data degradation of the first data track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Kaizhong Gao, Wenzhong Zhu, Tim Rausch, Edward Gage
  • Patent number: 9317358
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods for archive verification are disclosed. More specifically, embodiments of this archive verification can comprise loading media into a drive and reading data from the media to verify that the media and data on the media can be read. In one embodiment, media can be loaded into a drive and read according to a verification policy. As part of verifying that media and data on media can be read, read errors or other verification data associated with media can be obtained. Using this verification data a result for the media may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: KIP CR P1 LP
    Inventors: Michael R. Foster, Jeffrey Ricks Stripling
  • Patent number: 9269384
    Abstract: Compensation for template misalignment and offset induced eccentricity errors for a multi-template patterned medium, such as a bit patterned medium (BPM) used to record data in a data storage device. In some embodiments, a rotatable patterned data recording medium has a plurality of concentric tracks, each track having data fields interspersed with servo fields and timing fields. A data transducer senses the respective data, servo and timing fields on a target track. A disc-locked clock (DLC) circuit generates separate servo clock and data clock signals that are frequency modulated responsive to variations in locations of the timing fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Bruce Buch
  • Patent number: 9217789
    Abstract: Systems, methods, articles of manufacture and apparatus are disclosed to calculate distance from audio sources. An example method disclosed herein includes transmitting a first radio frequency (RF) signal to prompt a reference audio collecting device to begin collecting audio samples at a first time, initiating a dwell period in response to the first RF signal to reduce battery consumption of a portable audio collecting device by preventing the portable audio collecting device from collecting the audio samples at the first time, and when the dwell period expires, prompting the portable audio collecting device to collect the audio samples at a second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Morris Lee
  • Patent number: 9208818
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose methods, computer program products, and systems for replicating data stored on a tape cartridge on one or more computing devices. In one embodiment, initiation of a replication sequence begins in response to at least one of: receiving a manual prompt of a user, loading of a first tape cartridge to be replicated into a first tape drive, receiving a request from a backup program, or occurrence of a predetermined time. When priming a first tape cartridge for writing of data, the first tape cartridge is configured for replication to a second tape cartridge. After loading the first tape cartridge into a first tape drive, data stored on the first tape cartridge can be directly transmitted from the first tape drive to a second tape drive in which the second tape cartridge is loaded without using an intermediate host computer system to facilitate data transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Bernd Freitag, Frank Krick
  • Patent number: 9171574
    Abstract: A disc data storage medium can include a shingled band of tracks, some of which do not map to host accessible logical block address. The tracks that do not map to host accessible logical block addresses (cache tracks) can store cache data and may map to disc accessible logical block addresses. Data operations can be performed on the data in the cache tracks, and the data may then be moved to storage regions mapped to host logical block addresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Thein Than Zaw, Shen Feng
  • Patent number: 9111570
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose methods, computer program products, and systems for replicating data stored on a tape cartridge on one or more computing devices. In one embodiment, when priming a first tape cartridge for writing of data, the first tape cartridge is configured for replication to a second tape cartridge. Subsequently, after loading the first tape cartridge into a first tape drive, data stored on the first tape cartridge can be directly transmitted from the first tape drive to a second tape drive in which the second tape cartridge is loaded without using an intermediate host computer system to facilitate data transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Bernd Freitag, Frank Krick
  • Patent number: 9082444
    Abstract: [PROBLEMS] To appropriately form a DTR medium, a patterned medium, or the like in a manner less likely to cause the problems of prolonged process time and increased cost. [MEANS FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS] A perpendicular magnetic recording layer 22 has a plurality of tracks 102 which define recording regions extending in a scanning direction of a magnetic head and which are arranged in parallel in a direction intersecting with the scanning direction. The perpendicular magnetic recording layer 22 has a guard band region 104 formed on its surface and provided with a groove portion 202 which extends along the tracks 102. In a cross-section of the perpendicular magnetic recording layer 22 taken along a plane perpendicular to the scanning direction, the maximum depth D of the groove portion 202 is in the range of 0.5 to 10 nm with reference to an average height (broken line 302) of the tracks 102 between which the groove portion 202 is interposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: WD Media (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Ishibashi, Akira Shimada
  • Publication number: 20150116857
    Abstract: A tape apparatus includes a controller and a plurality of tape drives. The controller controls reading from and writing onto magnetic tapes by the use of the plurality of tape drives. Furthermore, when the controller receives a data write request, the controller writes received data both onto one of main data magnetic tapes and onto an auxiliary data magnetic tape. In addition, each time the controller receives a data write request, the controller writes received data onto a corresponding main data magnetic tape and adds the received data onto a common auxiliary data magnetic tape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Yoshiaki OCHI
  • Patent number: 8917464
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention utilize a hard disk drive buffer to minimize seek delays during background replication of a first volume and fulfillment of application input/output requests. According to one aspect of the present invention, a requested first sector of data is read along with one or more additional sectors of data. Upon determining that one or more of the read sectors of data should be replicated, the sectors are read from the disk buffer and written to a second volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Janmejay S. Kulkarni, Sapan J. Maniyar, Sarvesh S. Patel, Subhojit Roy
  • Publication number: 20140300983
    Abstract: A media data storage system comprising a data management portion, a local data storage portion, and a remote data storage portion. One data management portion comprises instructions associated with an intake, modification, transfer, and providing of media information. The local data storage portion comprises one or more first media data tape libraries adapted to receive the media information. The remote data storage portion comprises one or more second media data tape libraries adapted to receive the media information. Furthermore, the data management portion is adapted to instruct the local data storage portion to remove at least a portion of the media information from the one or more first media tape libraries upon verifying that the remote data storage portion comprises the at least a portion of the media information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: FRONT PORCH DIGITAL, INC.
    Inventors: Phil Jackson, George Zummer
  • Publication number: 20140185157
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention utilize a hard disk drive buffer to minimize seek delays during background replication of a first volume and fulfillment of application input/output requests. According to one aspect of the present invention, a requested first sector of data is read along with one or more additional sectors of data. Upon determining that one or more of the read sectors of data should be replicated, the sectors are read from the disk buffer and written to a second volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Janmejay S. Kulkarni, Sapan J. Maniyar, Sarvesh S. Patel, Subhojit Roy
  • Patent number: 8675296
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to creating an identical copy of a data storage tape cartridge. In one aspect, data contents of a source tape cartridge are copied to a destination tape cartridge. The source tape being formatted by a file system and includes at least one file system metadata block. Data blocks are read from the source tape to a memory buffer. Whether the blocks read are file system metadata blocks and whether the metadata blocks include cartridge-specific and/or cartridge-dependent content is determined. The content is adapted to the destination cartridge, thereby creating consistent file system metadata on the destination tape. The buffered blocks are written to the destination tape, thereby creating a file system on the destination tape that is a physical copy of the file system and data contents on the source tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Arnon Amir, Rainer Richter, Harald Seipp
  • Patent number: 8649249
    Abstract: A novel method and apparatus is provided for printing magnetic patterns using heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). The apparatus includes an array of probes that is arranged in a predetermined pattern, such as a servo pattern. The array of probes is brought into contact, or near-contact, with a magnetic recording medium that has been bulk erased substantially along an initialization direction. Each probe is energized so as to heat its respective contacted (or near-contacted) region of the recording medium above a threshold temperature. An external magnetic field is applied to the heated regions in a direction that is substantially opposite from the initialization direction. The strength of the external magnetic field is chosen to be greater than the coercivity of the recording medium at the threshold temperature, but less than the coercivity of the recording medium at room temperature. As a result, only magnetizations in the heated regions become aligned with the external field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Erhard Schreck, David Fowler, Michael Mallary
  • Publication number: 20130321944
    Abstract: In a method for preventing a server from a damage vibration, a first system log records detected vibration intensity of the server, and suspends a working operation of the hard disk if the detected vibration intensity of the server is greater than or equal to a predefined vibration intensity is determined. Data stored in the hard disk is copied to a solid-state drive (SSD) if the detected vibration intensity of the server is greater than or equal to the predefined vibration intensity, and an operating system of the server hibernates. The operating system of the server does not wake up until the detected vibration stops for a second predefined time period after the operating system of the server hibernates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YU-CHEN HUANG
  • Publication number: 20130293977
    Abstract: A shingled magnetic recording hard drive is presented to a resource manager of a host device as an emulated device such as one or more optical media, an array of sequential access media, and/or write-once, read-many device. Data targeted for the emulated device is written to the shingled magnetic recording hard drive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Joshua Bartholomew Tinker
  • Publication number: 20130271865
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to creating an identical copy of a source tape cartridge. One aspect of the invention includes copying data contents of a source data storage tape cartridge to a destination data storage tape cartridge. The tape of the source cartridge being formatted by a file system and including at least one metadata block containing data associated with the file system. Data blocks are read from the tape of the source cartridge to a memory buffer, thereby buffering the data blocks. Whether the data blocks read are file system metadata blocks and whether the file system metadata blocks include cartridge-specific and/or cartridge-dependent content is determined. The content is adapted to the destination cartridge, thereby creating consistent file system metadata on the tape of the destination cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Arnon Amir, Rainer Richter, Harald Seipp
  • Patent number: 8553344
    Abstract: A method for maintaining paired data between tape cartridges and linking the paired data to through medium auxiliary memory devices is presented. One method includes providing a first tape cartridge possessing a first medium auxiliary memory device and a first tape medium and a second tape cartridge possessing a second medium auxiliary memory device and a second tape medium. Data maintained on the first tape medium can be copied to the second tape medium. A first record can be stored on the first medium auxiliary memory device indicating that data on the first tape medium was copied to the second tape medium. Likewise, a second record can be stored on the second medium auxiliary memory device indicating that data on the second tape medium originated from the first tape medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Spectra Logic Corporation
    Inventors: Nathan Christopher Thompson, Matthew Thomas Starr, Michael Gerard Goberis
  • Publication number: 20130242425
    Abstract: A hybrid drive and associated methods increase the rate at which data are transferred to a nonvolatile storage medium in the hybrid drive. By using a large nonvolatile solid state memory device as cache memory for a magnetic disk drive, a very large number of write commands can be cached and subsequently reordered and executed in an efficient manner. In addition, strategic selection and reordering of only a portion of the write commands stored in the nonvolatile solid state memory device increases efficiency of the reordering process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Toshiba America Electronics Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Fernando A. ZAYAS, Richard M. EHRLICH, Eric R. DUNN
  • Patent number: 8477440
    Abstract: Provided is a tape recorder that has a tape including at least one partition and that controls access to the tape. The tape recorder includes: means for identifying a position of data on the tape; means for sequentially reading necessary data areas in the data; means for sequentially copying the necessary data areas to the beginning of an empty area on the tape; means for creating a continuous front empty area formed of unnecessary data areas and copy source areas of the necessary data areas on the tape; and means for moving a beginning of the partition (BOP) to a position immediately after the front empty area and for updating the position information on the beginning of the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Itagaki, Setsuko Masuda, Yutaka Oishi, Terue Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8462453
    Abstract: A system and method for magnetic transfer. A magnetic transfer device includes a plurality of pairs of magnetic field generating units that apply a magnetic field to a contact body which includes a master disk in close contact with a magnetic recording medium, wherein the master disk has a pattern of preformatted signals. The magnetic field generating units, falling within a specified length range, are moved in synchrony at a predetermined speed in the directions of the outer periphery while the contact body is caused to rotate by a rotation drive unit. The system and method provide a magnetic transfer method and a magnetic transfer device that, by reducing the area of magnetic field generating units that apply a transfer magnetic field, can reduce an attractive force (or repulsive force) between the magnets, and furthermore, shorten a processing time for the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroto Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 8422157
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a magnetic disk medium is pre-formatted on both the surfaces by magnetic transfer. Sectors with the same sector number on the front surface and the rear surface of the magnetic disk medium are arranged at positions shifted by a predetermined angle associated in advance with determination target information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Suzuki, Hiroshi Kubota
  • Publication number: 20130044386
    Abstract: A tape drive device for storing data in a tape cartridge includes a comparison unit that compares a transfer speed of the data transmitted from a host machine to the tape drive device with a speed threshold, a speed determination unit that determines a writing speed to a tape cartridge using the speed threshold, and a data write unit that writes data to the tape cartridge, the data write unit writing data to the magnetic tape provided for the tape cartridge when the determined writing speed is higher than the speed threshold, and the data write unit writing subsequent data following data written to the magnetic tape to the non-volatile semiconductor memory provided for the tape cartridge when the determined writing speed is lower than the speed threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Junichi SATO
  • Patent number: 8351763
    Abstract: A system for recording television programs for subsequent viewing by a user includes a preference determination module which is responsive to attribute information associated with television programs viewed by the user. The preference determination module categorizes the attribute information in accordance with categorization parameters to generate recordation preference information, indicative of television program viewing preferences of the user. The system also includes a recordation module which is responsive to the recordation preference information, for causing recordation on a storage medium of subsequently transmitted television programs, having attribute information corresponding to the recordation preference information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Labeeb K. Ismail, Amar N. Gogoi, Yuri Stupak
  • Patent number: 8346843
    Abstract: A system having a resource manager, a plurality of masters, and a plurality of slaves, interconnected by a communications network. To distribute data, a master determined that a destination slave of the plurality slaves requires data. The master then generates a list of slaves from which to transfer the data to the destination slave. The master transmits the list to the resource manager. The resource manager is configured to select a source slave from the list based on available system resources. Once a source is selected by the resource manager, the master receives an instruction from the resource manager to initiate a transfer of the data from the source slave to the destination slave. The master then transmits an instruction to commence the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Arvind Jain
  • Publication number: 20120327528
    Abstract: A data distribution system and method suitably performing various processing such as suitable distribution of data, control of copying, conversion of signals, charging, and distribution of profits, comprising a reproducing apparatus for reproducing content data to be distributed from a mounted recording medium, a recording apparatus for recording reproduced content data on a mounted recording medium, an examining means for examining types of content data recorded on the recording medium, the recording medium mounted in the reproducing apparatus, the reproducing apparatus, a recording medium mounted in the recording apparatus and the recording apparatus, and a controlling means for controlling a transfer of the content data from the recording medium mounted in the reproducing apparatus to the recording medium mounted in the recording apparatus based on results of the examination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: AKIRA NONAKA
  • Publication number: 20120320470
    Abstract: A tape cartridge library that is equipped with a cleaning device is described. The tape cartridge library essentially includes a plurality of tape cartridges each possessing recording tape media. A plurality of tape drives that read and write data to and from each of the tape cartridges. A tape cleaning drive incapable of transferring data to and from the recording tape media which is independent of the tape drives, the tape cleaning drive disposed entirely within the tape cartridge library. The tape cleaning drive automatically receives one of the tape cartridges and cleans its respective recording tape medium when a predetermined reason for cleaning the tape cartridge is justified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: Spectra Logic Corporation
    Inventors: Nathan Christopher Thompson, Matthew Thomas Starr
  • Publication number: 20120300326
    Abstract: SMR disk drives with hybrid E-regions that include a nonvolatile solid state memory E-region in addition to the magnetic media E-regions on disk are described. The memory E-region can be used in operations that will be referred as destaging and/or restaging to sequentialize sets of exception records to reduce the time and energy spent in executing seeks in the disk E-region. The ratio of the size of the solid state memory E-region to the total E-region capacity on the disks can be optimized for selected applications according to the invention using tradeoffs between performance and cost. For example, an embodiment with a memory E-region size that is 10% of the total disk E-region capacity achieves substantial performance enhancement over a disk-only E-region implementation and also results in smaller costs than would be required in a NAND-only memory E-region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: David Robison Hall
  • Publication number: 20120300325
    Abstract: SMR disk drives with hybrid E-regions that include a nonvolatile solid state memory E-region in addition to the magnetic media E-regions on disk are described. The memory E-region can be used in operations that will be referred as destaging and/or restaging to sequentialize sets of exception records to reduce the time and energy spent in executing seeks in the disk E-region. The ratio of the size of the solid state memory E-region to the total E-region capacity on the disks can be optimized for selected applications according to the invention using tradeoffs between performance and cost. For example, an embodiment with a memory E-region size that is 10% of the total disk E-region capacity achieves substantial performance enhancement over a disk-only E-region implementation and also results in smaller costs than would be required in a NAND-only memory E-region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: David Robison Hall
  • Publication number: 20120275046
    Abstract: A hybrid disk drive transfers a data stream to or from a host at an increased data transfer rate by time-multiplexing the data-carrying capacity of the system bus connecting the host and the disk drive. A portion of the data stream is stored on a non-volatile solid state memory device in the disk drive and a portion is written to a magnetic storage disk. The portion of the data stream written to the storage disk may be written on data tracks that are separated by empty data tracks corresponding to the data stored in the non-volatile solid state memory device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. EHRLICH
  • Publication number: 20120262811
    Abstract: A data archiving apparatus includes an autoloader for automated transfer of data tape cartridges between at least one tape drive and storage locations of at least one cartridge storage magazine. One or more hard disks is mounted within the autoloader apparatus. The hard disk is connected for data transfer between the hard disk and the tape drive so that data caching can be accomplished during the data archiving process. Interface controls for both the tape drive and the one or more hard disks is provided within the housing of the data archiving apparatus to permit simultaneous operation of the hard disk and the tape drive and for data transfer there between. The hard disks may be exchanged by a user to increase data storage capacity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: HÃ¥vard Hoelsaeter
  • Patent number: 8279545
    Abstract: A method of transferring data of one or more rotatable data storage devices includes but is not limited to rotating the at least one rotatable data storage device; transferring the data between a plurality of stationary data transfer heads and the one or more rotatable data storage devices; and using one or more computer programs to determine which of the plurality of stationary data transfer heads are to be used to transfer a first portion of the data between the plurality of stationary data transfer heads and the one or more rotatable data storage devices and the direction in which the first portion of the data is to be transferred. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present application. Other methods and apparatuses are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120200951
    Abstract: A duplication device is provided. When content is duplicated by recording, in a recording medium of a recording destination, the same content as content recorded in a recording medium of a duplication source, even if a reading speed is slower than a writing speed, the duplication device can reduce a duplication time as much as possible. The duplication device 100 reads a reading portion of content from an optical disc D in which content is recorded, and in parallel to this reading, downloads a transmission portion which includes a portion of content other than the reading portion, from a distribution server 200, and records the read reading portion and the downloaded transmission portion in the hard disc 106 at a speed faster than a speed of reading the reading portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: PIONEER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Koda, Katsutoshi Inagaki, Akira Shimizu, Hirokazu Oishi, Masayoshi Yoshida, Tsuyoshi Hasebe, Tsuyoshi Namiki
  • Publication number: 20120182639
    Abstract: Systems and methods for retrieving data stored on a peripheral storage device such as a magnetic tape drive or disk drive include string searching using the peripheral storage device resources without transferring data to the requesting host computer and transferring only data blocks with matching data to the associated host computer to conserve host resources and data channel and/or network bandwidth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: David G. Hostetter, Gregory S. Toles, Bradley Edwin Whitney
  • Publication number: 20120162802
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a magnetic disk medium is pre-formatted on both the surfaces by magnetic transfer. Sectors with the same sector number on the front surface and the rear surface of the magnetic disk medium are arranged at positions shifted by a predetermined angle associated in advance with determination target information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Suzuki, Hiroshi Kubota