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Practice Problem 6.2:
What is the capacity of a disk with 2 platters, 10,000 cylinders, an average of 400 sectors per track, and 512 bytes per sector? 287 Disk Operation
Disks read and write bits stored on the magnetic surface using a read/write head connected to the end of an actuator arm, as shown in Figure 6.10(a). By moving the arm back and forth along its radial axis the drive can position the head over any track on the surface. This mechanical motion is known as a seek. Once the head is positioned over the desired track, then as each bit on the track passes underneath, the head can either sense the value of the bit (read the bit) or alter the value of the bit (write the bit). Disks with multiple platters have a separate read/write head for each surface, as shown in Figure 6.10(b). The heads are lined up vertically and move in unison. At any point in time...
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This note was uploaded on 09/02/2010 for the course ELECTRICAL 360 taught by Professor Schultz during the Spring '10 term at BYU.
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