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Tape servo pattern with track identification

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EP1075691A4
EP1075691A4 EP19980914352 EP98914352A EP1075691A4 EP 1075691 A4 EP1075691 A4 EP 1075691A4 EP 19980914352 EP19980914352 EP 19980914352 EP 98914352 A EP98914352 A EP 98914352A EP 1075691 A4 EP1075691 A4 EP 1075691A4
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John Paul Mantey
Steven Gregory Trabert
Ronald Dean Gillingham
Richard Lewis O'day
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G11INFORMATION STORAGE
    • G11BINFORMATION STORAGE BASED ON RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN RECORD CARRIER AND TRANSDUCER
    • G11B5/00Recording by magnetisation or demagnetisation of a record carrier; Reproducing by magnetic means; Record carriers therefor
    • G11B5/48Disposition or mounting of heads or head supports relative to record carriers ; arrangements of heads, e.g. for scanning the record carrier to increase the relative speed
    • G11B5/58Disposition or mounting of heads or head supports relative to record carriers ; arrangements of heads, e.g. for scanning the record carrier to increase the relative speed with provision for moving the head for the purpose of maintaining alignment of the head relative to the record carrier during transducing operation, e.g. to compensate for surface irregularities of the latter or for track following
    • G11B5/584Disposition or mounting of heads or head supports relative to record carriers ; arrangements of heads, e.g. for scanning the record carrier to increase the relative speed with provision for moving the head for the purpose of maintaining alignment of the head relative to the record carrier during transducing operation, e.g. to compensate for surface irregularities of the latter or for track following for track following on tapes
    • GPHYSICS
    • G11INFORMATION STORAGE
    • G11BINFORMATION STORAGE BASED ON RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN RECORD CARRIER AND TRANSDUCER
    • G11B5/00Recording by magnetisation or demagnetisation of a record carrier; Reproducing by magnetic means; Record carriers therefor
    • G11B5/48Disposition or mounting of heads or head supports relative to record carriers ; arrangements of heads, e.g. for scanning the record carrier to increase the relative speed
    • G11B5/54Disposition or mounting of heads or head supports relative to record carriers ; arrangements of heads, e.g. for scanning the record carrier to increase the relative speed with provision for moving the head into or out of its operative position or across tracks
    • G11B5/55Track change, selection or acquisition by displacement of the head
    • G11B5/5504Track change, selection or acquisition by displacement of the head across tape tracks

Abstract

A magnetic tape servo pattern including track identification. Information from a track identification area intersecting one or more tracks on each frame in combination with information identifying the track as odd or even, is used to uniquely identify the track.

Description

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TAPE SERVO PATTERN WITH TRACK IDENTIFICATION

Field of the Invention

The invention relates to the field of dynamic magnetic information storage or retrieval. More particularly, the invention relates to the field of automatic control of a recorder mechanism. In still greater particularity, the invention relates to track identification. By way of further characterization, but not by way of limitation thereto, the invention is a servo pattern including a track identification field.

Description of the Related Art

Magnetic tape recording has been utilized for many years to record voice and data information. For information storage and retrieval, magnetic tape has proven especially reliable, cost efficient and easy to use. In an effort to make magnetic tape even more useful and cost effective, there have been attempts to store more information per given width and length of tape. This has generally been accomplished by including more data tracks on a given width of tape. While allowing more data to be stored, this increase in the number of data tracks results in those tracks being more densely packed onto the tape . As the data tracks are more closely spaced, precise positioning of the tape with respect to the tape head becomes more critical as errors may be more easily -2 -

introduced into the reading or writing of data. The tape - tape head positioning may be affected by variations in the tape or tape head, tape movement caused by air flow, temperature, humidity, tape shrinkage, and other factors, especially at the outside edges of the tape.

In order to increase data track accuracy, servo tracks have been employed to provide a reference point to maintain correct positioning of the tape with respect to the tape head. One or more servo tracks may be used depending upon the number of data tracks which are placed upon the tape. The sensed signal from the servo track is fed to a control system which moves the head and keeps the servo signal at nominal magnitude. The nominal signal occurs when the servo read gap is located in a certain position relative to the servo track.

Referring to Fig. 1, a one-half inch wide length of magnetic tape 11 may contain up to 288 or more data tracks on multiple data stripes 12. A thin film magnetic read head is shown in upper position 13 and lower position 14 to read data from data tracks 12. If a tape read head has sixteen elements and, with movement of the head to multiple positions, each element can read nine tracks, then that magnetic read head could read 144 tracks. In order to read more tracks, such as 288 in the desired configuration, two data bands 15 and 16 are utilized. The tape head is movable to nine tracking positions in each of upper position 13 and lower position 14. That is, with the -3-

tape head in position 13 it can read 144 tracks in data band 15 and in position 14 it can read 144 tracks in data band 16. With dual data bands 15 and 16 and multiple head positions within those bands, tape head positioning is critical.

In order to achieve accurate multiple head positions it may be desirable to include up to five or more servo stripes 17. Servo stripes 17 may utilize various patterns or frequency regions to allow precise tape to tape head positioning in multiple positions. This allows a data read head to more accurately read data from data stripes 12. Referring to Fig. 2, servo stripes 17 are shown in greater detail. As is disclosed in copending patent application entitled TAPE SERVO PATTERN WITH ENHANCED SYNCHRONIZATION

PROPERTIES, United States patent application Serial No. 804,445, filed February 21, 1997, a first frequency signal 19 is written across the width of a frame 18 in each servo stripe 17. As is known in the art, a measurably different frequency signal such as an erase frequency is written over first frequency signal 19 in a predetermined pattern such as the checkerboard patterns in regions 21 and 22. The horizontal sides of twelve rectangles 20 and 23 in each stripe 17 are substantially parallel to the direction of movement of tape length 11. The six rectangles (12 sides) in each region 21 and 22 define five horizontal interfaces (servo tracks) 24 between frequency signal 19 and rectangles 20, 23 as the outside interfaces 25 along the top and bottom of each stripe 17 are ignored. In 4 -

the preferred embodiment, rectangles 20 are shown on the left side of areas 21 and 22 and rectangles 23 are shown on the right portion of areas 21 and 22. A servo read element 26 in a tape read head is precisely aligned along interface 24 to read the signal frequency along interfaces 24. That is, dotted line representing interface 24 along the horizontal sides of rectangles 20, 23 passes through the center of servo read element 26. If the servo pattern on the tape moves right to left, then servo read element 26 will alternate between reading frequency 19 across the full width of servo read element 26 between areas 21 and 22 and reading frequency 19 across one half of servo read element 26 and an erase frequency from rectangles 20, 23 across the other half of the width of servo read element 26. Thus, if tape 11 moves as shown in Fig. 2, servo read element 26 will first sense rectangle 20 above track 24 and then sense rectangle 23 below track 24 in each of regions 21 and 22.

As is known in the art, the servo control system in a tape drive determines the position error signal by using the ratio of the difference between the signal amplitude sensed during the first (left) half of patterns 21 or 22 and the signal amplitude sensed during the second (right) half of patterns 21 or 22 divided by the sum of the signal amplitude sensed during the first half of patterns 21 or 22 and the signal amplitude sensed during the second half of patterns 21 or 22 to stay on track. For a head position precisely on track in checkerboard pattern -5-

areas 21 or 22 shown in Fig. 2 the ratio will be zero because the signal during each half of the pattern will be the same. If servo read element 26 is above track 24, the polarity of the position error signal will be positive because more of rectangle 20 above track 24 and less of rectangle 23 below track 24 will be read. In response, the track servo will move the head (including servo read element 26) down until the ratio is zero and servo read element 26 is precisely on track 24. Conversely, if servo read element 26 is below track 24, the polarity of the position error signal will be negative because more of rectangle 23 below track 24 and less of rectangle 20 above track 24 will be read. In response, the track servo will move the head (including servo read element 26) up until the ratio is zero and servo read element 26 is precisely on track 24. In this way the tape controller can determine the position of the tape 11 with respect to the servo read element 26 and move the tape head to keep the head servo read element 26 aligned with the servo track along line 24. This alignment ensures precise reading of a data track in data stripes 12 by the data read head (not shown) .

While the above described system is used to keep servo read element 26 (and in turn the read head) precisely on a track, the tape controller system does not know whether servo read element 26 is on the right track. As is known in the art, an optical sensor may be used to approximately position the tape head with respect to the tape. However, when precise positioning is required to position a read gap over a 6-

data track in data stripe 12, an optical sensor is not accurate enough. That is, with the expected range of tape motion due to guiding being significantly wider than the track pitch, it is not possible to insure that track following will start on the desired track. This could result in the wrong track being read. It would be desirable to have a system in which the servo control circuitry could reliably determine on which track 24 servo read element 26 is located.

A prior art solution to tape positioning is to have sufficient information recorded in the data tracks to permit proper identification of the track prior to starting a read or write operation. This approach requires the tape cartridge to be prerecorded at the factory to insure that all tracks had proper identification before being used in the field. Prewriting all tracks with sufficient information to properly identify each track adds to the cost of each cartridge. In addition, using data track space for identification information affects capacity because the amount of available space on a data track for actual storage of data is reduced.

Summary of the Invention

The invention is a novel servo stripe pattern which includes a track identification area. The track identification area is positioned over particular servo tracks depending upon the servo stripe location. The tape controller is able to discern whether the sensed track is an odd or even -7 -

numbered track by the polarity of the position error signal used in the tracking servo. The tape controller then identifies the sensed track by combining the presence or absence of a track identification area with the odd or even track determination.

Brief Description of the Drawings

Fig. 1 is an illustration of multiple data and servo stripes in data bands on magnetic tape;

Fig. 2 is an illustration of a servo frame illustrating a servo pattern; and

Fig. 3 is an illustration of a multiple servo stripes with a servo pattern including a track identification area in accordance with the invention; and

Fig. 4 is a flow chart illustrating the track identification method used by the tape controller .

Description of the Preferred Embodiment

Referring to the drawings wherein like reference numerals denote like structure throughout each of the various figures, Fig. 1 illustrates multiple servo stripes 17 written onto tape 11 to precisely align tape head read gaps over data tracks in data stripes 12. Referring to Fig. 2, servo read element 26 is precisely aligned on track 24 as shown. That is, dotted line representing track 24 passes along the edges of rectangles 23 and through the center of servo read element 26. The tape controller thus knows that servo read element 26 is centered on a track. The tape controller also knows whether the track is an even numbered track or an odd numbered track by the polarity of the position error signal used in the track following servo. What the tape controller does not know is on which odd or even numbered track the tape head is centered. The present invention provides sufficient information to the tape controller to allow it to determine on which track servo read element 26 is centered.

Referring to Figs. 1 and 3, one frame 18 in each of five servo stripes 17 are shown. In Fig. 3, five stripes, numbered 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31, are shown enlarged and closely spaced for description purposes. As can be appreciated by one skilled in the art, the servo stripes are actually narrow stripes distributed across the active area of the tape. Frame 18 in each servo stripe 27 - 31 is identical as described with respect to Fig. 2 above except that a track identification area 32 is added to each frame 18 in a unique location. Each stripe has five servo tracks 24 numbered 1 through 5. The servo system knows by the polarity of the position error signal used in the track following servo whether it is following an even numbered track (2 or 4) or an odd numbered track (1, 3, or 5) but it does not know which odd or even numbered track is being followed. For - 9-

example, if an odd numbered track (i.e. 1) is being followed, then in each of areas 21 and 22, the system will expect the presence of rectangle 20 above track 1 prior to sensing rectangle 23 below track 1. This will be true of all odd numbered tracks. This expectation will cause the odd numbered tracks to be stable equilibrium areas and the even numbered tracks to be unstable equilibrium areas. If the polarity of the position error signal is set for odd numbered tracks and servo read element 26 is located on an even numbered track then the track following servo will move the head to one of the two neighboring odd numbered tracks. If an even numbered track is desired, then rectangle 20 will be expected below the track prior to sensing the rectangle 23 above the track and the polarity of the position error signal sensed by the track following servo will thus be reversed from what it was for the odd numbered tracks. Of course, it will be appreciated by one skilled in the art that the selection of positive and negative polarities for positions above or below the track is one of design choice and could easily be reversed.

As stated above, tape 11 may be divided into an upper band 15 and a lower band 16. That is, the active portion of the read/write head covers approximately half of the width of the tape at any time (i.e. positions 13 and 14 in Fig. 1) . For upper band 15, servo stripes 27, 28 and 29 are used for track following by the servo system. Similarly, stripes 29, 30, and 31 are used for lower band 16.

When the servo system is in the track following mode, 10 -

it will be attempting to keep the centerline of the three servo read gaps 26 over the desired track centerline in each of three stripes (27,28, 29 or 29,30,31). For example, when the system is following track 2 in the upper band 15, the servo system will have a read element 26 centered on track 2 in each of stripes 27, 28 and 29.

In order to identify the track being followed a track identification area 32 is added to each frame 18. In the preferred embodiment, track identification area 32 is written in a rectangular configuration over two of the five servo tracks 24 in each servo stripe 17. The location on the frame varies among the servo stripes 17. The location of track identification area 32 is the same in stripes 27 and 31 (over tracks 1 and 2) and the location is the same in stripes 28 and 30 ( over tracks 3 and 4) . In stripe 29 track ID 32 is over tracks 4 and 5. Stripe 29 is common to both bands 15 and 16. Any two of the three stripes (27, 28 29) or (29, 30, 31) are sufficient to identify the track being followed. This permits one stripe to be ignored when tape defects or other problems are encountered. Track ID 32 is detected when the servo system is in the track following mode and servo read element 26 is passing the longitudinal portion of the servo frame 18 where track ID 32 is recorded. In the preferred embodiment, the erased area comprising track ID 32 is detected when the signal level in the area is less than a predetermined threshold value. For example, this threshold value could be 10% of the nominal level of - 11 -

signal 19. The locations of the lateral edges of the erased area 32 with respect to the track centerlines 24 are a function of the threshold level, the residual signal (how much is left after erase) in the erased area 32, and the desire to minimize detection error.

Referring to Fig. 3, track ID 32 in stripe 27 is detected when the system is following track 1 or 2. As described above, the servo knows if the track 24 is an odd or even track from the polarity of the position error signal. Thus, using only stripe 27, the system is capable of uniquely identifying tracks 1,2, and 4 but it could not distinguish between tracks 3 and 5. Track 1 is distinguished because the track ID 32 is detected and the system knows it is following an odd track 24. Similarly, track 2 is identifiable because of the presence of track ID 32 and because it is an even track. Track 4 is detected because track ID is not present and it is an even track. Tracks 3 and 5 are indistinguishable from each other because they are both odd and neither has a track ID 32. The same analysis holds for stripe 31 which has an identical configuration as stripe 27. Stripes 28 and 30 also have identical configurations and, applying the same analysis as above, tracks 2, 3, and 4 can be identified in stripes 28 and 30 but the system cannot distinguish between tracks 1 and 5. Applying the analysis to stripe 29 in Fig. 3, tracks 2, 4 and 5 can be identified but tracks 1 and 3 in stripe 29 are indistinguishable . 12 -

With tape 11 divided into two bands 15 and 16, either stripes 27, 28 and 29 or stripes 29 , 30 and 31 are available at any one time. As stated above, any combination of two of the three available stripes from a set of three is sufficient for the system to uniquely identify the track being followed by the servo system. The third stripe in each set is used for redundancy purposes in the event of a scratch or other defect on the tape.

Referring to Fig. 4, the identification of a track 24 in Fig. 3 is as follows. Assume the system is operating in band 15 ( stripes 27, 28, and 29) but that stripe 29 is unavailable as it is not needed. With servo read element 26 centered on track 5 in stripes 27 and 28, the tape controller logic 33 receives the signals from element 26 and determines the position error signal and the presence (or absence) of track identification area 32. The polarity of the position error signal is used by the servo system 34 to position the read head and to the tape controller knows that one of tracks 1, 3, or 5 is being followed. However, because tape controller logic 33 did not determine the presence of track ID 32 from the signal on the track being followed in stripe 27, track 1 is eliminated as a candidate by tape controller logic 35. Similarly, because no track ID 32 was detected on the track being followed in stripe 28, track 3 is eliminated by tape controller logic 35. Track 5 is the only common candidate from stripes 27 and 28 and it is identified by tape controller logic 35 as the track being followed. - 13 -

While the invention has been described with respect to a particular embodiment thereof, it is not to be so limited as changes and modifications may be made which are within the full intended scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims . For example, while specific numbers of servo tracks and data tracks have been disclosed, the invention may be utilized with more or less servo or data tracks without departing from the scope of the invention. The rectangular configuration of track identification area 32 may also be modified and could intersect one or more servo tracks depending upon the number of servo tracks in a servo stripe. Similarly, while a particular checkerboard tape servo pattern has been disclosed, different types of patterns may be employed without departing from the scope of the invention.

Claims

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What is claimed is;
1. A servo pattern written onto a frame of magnetic tape, said frame including a predetermined area on said tape, said servo pattern comprising: a first signal including a first frequency written onto a first portion of said predetermined area; a second signal written onto a second portion of said predetermined area, said second signal including a frequency being measurably different from said first frequency, said second signal written in a predetermined pattern over selected areas of said second portion so as to define at least three servo tracks; and a third signal written in a predetermined configuration onto said first portion so as to intersect at least one of said tracks, said third signal including a frequency being measurably different from said first frequency.
2. A servo pattern according to claim 1 wherein said second frequency is an erase frequency.
3. A servo pattern according to claim 1 wherein said third frequency is an erase frequency.
4. A servo pattern according to claim 1 wherein said predetermined pattern includes a plurality of rectangles in a checkerboard pattern, said rectangles including two sides substantially - 15 -
parallel to the direction of movement of said magnetic tape, said sides defining said servo tracks.
5. A method for writing a servo pattern onto a frame in a length of magnetic tape comprising the steps of: writing a first frequency signal onto a first portion of said frame; writing a second frequency signal onto a second portion of said frame, said second signal including a frequency being measurably different from said first signal, said second signal written in a predetermined pattern over selected areas of said second portion so as to define at least three servo tracks; and writing a third signal written in a predetermined configuration onto said first portion so as to intersect at least one of said tracks, said third signal including a frequency being measurably different from said first frequency.
6. A method according to claim 5 wherein said second frequency is an erase frequency.
7. A method according to claim 5 wherein said third frequency is an erase frequency.
8. A method according to claim 5 wherein said predetermined pattern includes a plurality of rectangles in a checkerboard pattern, said rectangles including two sides substantially parallel to the 16 -
direction of movement of said magnetic tape, said sides defining said servo tracks.
9. A method according to claim 5 further including a plurality of said servo stripes.
10. A method according to claim 9 wherein the aforesaid track identification area intersects different tracks on each of said servo stripes.
11. A length of magnetic tape comprising: a plurality of data stripes along said length of magnetic tape; a plurality of servo stripes along said length of magnetic tape, said servo stripes substantially parallel to, and alternating with, said data stripes, each said servo stripe including: a plurality of frames; a first frequency signal written onto a first portion of each said frame; a second frequency signal written onto a second portion of said frame, said second frequency signal being measurably different from said first frequency, said second signal written in a predetermined pattern over selected areas of said second portion so as to define at least three servo tracks; and a third signal written in a predetermined configuration onto said first portion so as to intersect at least one of said tracks, said third signal including a frequency being measurably different from said first frequency. - 17 -
12. A length of magnetic tape according to claim 11 wherein said third signal intersects different tracks on each of said servo stripes.
13. A length of magnetic tape according to claim 11 wherein said second frequency is an erase frequency.
14. A length of magnetic tape according to claim 11 wherein said third frequency is an erase frequency .
15. A length of magnetic tape according to claim 11 wherein said predetermined pattern includes a plurality of rectangles in a checkerboard pattern, said rectangles including two sides substantially parallel to the direction of movement of said magnetic tape, said sides defining said servo tracks.
16. A length of magnetic tape according to claim 11 wherein said predetermined configuration of said third signal includes a track identification area .
17. A length of magnetic tape according to claim 16 wherein the aforesaid plurality of servo stripes includes three servo stripes, each servo stripe including five servo tracks designated as tracks 1 through 5.
18. A length of magnetic tape according to claim 17 wherein each said servo stripe includes the - I S
aforesaid track identification area intersecting said tracks as follows: said track identification area intersecting tracks 1 and 2 on a first servo stripe; track identification area intersecting tracks 3 and 4 on a second servo stripe; and track identification area intersecting tracks 4 and 5 on a third servo stripe.
19. A servo-written tape comprising: a length of magnetic tape; a plurality of data tracks written on and extending longitudinally along the tape; a plurality of servo tracks written on and extending substantially continuously in the longitudinal direction along the tape adjacent to each other and substantially in parallel with the data tracks, the plurality of servo tracks being comprised of a series of frames along the tape, each frame having; servo tracks having polarities, amplitudes or other characteristics which define each track as an even or an odd track; an identification signal including a first frequency written onto a portion of the frame and extending laterally across some, but not all, of the servo tracks in the plurality of servo tracks, thereby to distinguish at least some of the even and odd tracks in the plurality of servo tracks .
20. A servo-written tape according to claim 19, further comprising a total of four of the servo - 19 -
tracks, with the identification signal extending across one odd track and one even track.
21. A servo-written tape according to claim 19, further comprising: at least one additional plurality of servo tracks provided on the tape laterally spaced from and parallel to the first plurality, with each servo track in each at least one additional plurality having a servo track corresponding to each servo track in the first plurality; and at least one additional identification signal written onto a portion of the frame and extending laterally across some, but not all, of the servo tracks in the at least one additional plurality of servo tracks at least partially different from the servo tracks corresponding to the servo tracks in the first plurality across which the first identification signal extends.
22. A servo-written tape according to claim 21, wherein the combination of a servo track being odd or even and the presence or absence of one of the identification signals on the track and its corresponding tracks in the at least one additional identification signal is a unique combination for each track.
23. A servo-written tape according to claim 22, comprising three such pluralities of servo tracks and identification signals, with at least five servo tracks in each plurality, and with the identification -20-
signal in the signal in the first plurality extending across the first and second tracks in the first plurality, the identification signal in the second plurality extending across the third and fourth servo tracks in the second plurality and the identification signal in the third plurality extending across at least the fifth servo track in the third plurality.
24. A servo-written tape according to claim 23, wherein each plurality of servo tracks has six servo tracks, and the identification signal in the third plurality extends across the fifth and sixth servo tracks in the third plurality.
25. A servo-written tape according to claim 23, comprising an additional two such pluralities of servo tracks and identification signals, the tracks and signals in the fourth and fifth pluralities being positioned on the same tracks as in the first and second pluralities, such that the combination of odd and even tracks and the presence or absence of the identification signals on the tracks for the third, fourth and fifth pluralities provides a unique combination for each track in the third, fourth and fifth pluralities.
26. A servo-written tape according to claim 19, wherein the servo tracks comprise: a second signal including a second frequency written onto a second portion of the frame and extending across the entire plurality of servo tracks; and 21 -
a third signal including a third frequency written in a predetermined pattern over selected areas of the second portion, the second and third signals together defining the servo tracks.
27. A servo-written tape according to claim
26, wherein the third frequency is about one half of the second frequency.
28. A servo-written tape according to claim 26, wherein the third frequency is an erase frequency.
29. A servo-written tape according to claim
19, wherein the first frequency is an erase frequency.
30. A method for writing a plurality of servo tracks extending substantially continuously in the longitudinal direction along a length of magnetic tape, the method comprising:
(a) writing a first frequency signal longitudinally contiguous to the first frequency signal and extending laterally across the entire portion of the tape on which the plurality of servo tracks is to be written; and
(b) writing a second frequency signal in a predetermined pattern over selected areas of the area of the tape on which the second frequency signal was written, the second and third frequencies between them defining the plurality of servo tracks in a way such that each track may be readily identified as odd or even; -22 -
(c) writing a third frequency signal as an identification signal in a predetermined location in the frame extending laterally across some, but not all, of the servo tracks, such that the combination of each servo track being odd or even and the presence or absence of the identification signal uniquely identifies each servo track; and
(d) repeating steps (a) , (b) , and (c) for each frame along the servo tracks.
31. The method according to claim 30, further comprising writing a multiple set of first, second and third signals in the manner of steps (a) , (b) , and (c) spaced laterally across the tape to create parallel servo tracks corresponding to tracks in other sets set and identification signals in each set, such that the combination of a servo track being even or odd and the presence or absence of the identification signal on that track and its corresponding tracks creates a unique combination for each track.
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