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Nigel Ronald Evans, Andrew Malcolm George Clarke, John Mark Mackelden: Data storage apparatus and method. Hewlett Packard Development Company, January 29, 2008: US07324297 (5 worldwide citation)

Data storage apparatus is provided for storing data on a tape in accordance with a format specifying a plurality of logs of tape-usage information and a data area for storing the data. Control means are programmed to update one of the logs for each usage of the tape, the logs being selected in turn ...


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Nigel Ronald Evans: Tape drive apparatus. Hewlett Packard Development Company, December 1, 2009: US07626778 (2 worldwide citation)

One embodiment of a tape drive apparatus has a non-volatile memory for storing an identifier. Data that is written by the tape drive apparatus to a loaded tape media is tagged using the identifier. This facilitates to identify the tape drive apparatus that has written the data onto the tape media su ...


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Nigel Ronald Evans: Tape drive apparatus. Hewlett Packard Development Company, January 20, 2009: US07480113 (2 worldwide citation)

A tape drive apparatus has a data transfer apparatus for transferring data between a loaded tape medium and the tape drive apparatus. A data processing apparatus is coupled to the data transfer apparatus for formatting the loaded tape medium. The formatting of the tape medium is performed using an i ...


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Nigel Ronald Evans, Andrew Malcolm George Clarke, John Mark Mackelden: Tape drive apparatus and method. Hewlett Packard Development Company, November 5, 2013: US08576505 (1 worldwide citation)

Disclosed is a method of storing data on a tape medium in at least one data recording session employing a tape drive apparatus operable to record the data in accordance with a format specifying an unused area of the tape medium. The method comprises formatting the tape medium according to the format ...


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Nigel Ronald Evans, Russell Ian Monk: Method and apparatus for controlling motion of storage media. Hewlett Packard Development Company, October 12, 2010: US07813069 (1 worldwide citation)

A method of controlling relative motion of a data storage medium on which data is stored in data groups comprising tracks extending across the storage medium and a rotatable transducer for reading data from the storage medium includes determining from the data groups a start reread data group at whi ...


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John Mark Mackelden, Nigel Ronald Evans, Andrew Malcolm George Clarke: Data transfer apparatus head cleaning. Hewlett Packard Development Company, January 22, 2008: US07321478 (1 worldwide citation)

A data transfer apparatus is described for transferring data between at least one transducer head of the data transfer apparatus and a data medium removably received in the data transfer apparatus. The data transfer apparatus is operable to monitor at least one data transfer performance characterist ...


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Nigel Ronald Evans, Russell Ian Monk: Controlling motion of storage media. Hewlett Packard Development Company, March 22, 2011: US07911727 (1 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for writing data to a data storage medium on which data is stored in data groups (N−3 to N+1) comprising tracks extending across and spaced from a reference edge of the storage medium includes a control system operable to cause i) a track reference difference value representative of a d ...


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Nigel Ronald Evans, Tony Martyn Haworth, Shiraz Billimoria: Method for changing the configuration of a media drive apparatus, computer readable medium, and media drive apparatus. Hewlett Packard Development Company, March 22, 2011: US07913076

A configuration of a media drive apparatus is stored as a plurality of configuration settings in a non volatile memory of a media drive apparatus. A removable storage medium is identified as a reconfiguration medium, and data is read from the removable storage medium, where the data includes an iden ...


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Stephen V Deckers, Nigel Ronald Evans, Robert Morling: Medium for use in a tape drive apparatus having identification segment and a segment identification pattern. Hewlett Packard Development Company, February 21, 2012: US08120876

A tape medium has an identification segment located on a transparent leader segment of the tape medium for optical detection of the segment identification pattern. The segment identification pattern and the medium identification pattern have a predefined spatial relationship, enabling photo-optical ...


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Nigel Ronald Evans, Andrew Malcolm George Clarke, John Mark Mackelden: Data structure, data storage apparatus and method. Hewlett Packard Development Company, May 27, 2008: US07379255

Data stored on a tape in a plurality of data recording sessions employs tape drive apparatus programmed to record the data in accordance with a format specifying a log of tape-usage information. The log is in the form of a data structure including a plurality of log sections in which tape usage info ...