Effect of slider rest time and slider motion on particle generation in a magnetic hard disk drive operation

Hee Sung Park, Jungho Hwang, Sung Hoon Choa

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It is well known that particles generated in a hard disk drive (HDD) can cause physical and electrical damages. With increasing areal density of disks and decreasing head-disk spacing, the situation becomes more serious, but the reason why and how particles are generated in the disk has yet to be clearly verified. The objective of this study was to experimentally investigate the effect of slider rest time, position, and motion on particle generation. It was found that a large number of particles were generated when the HDD was turned on after a long rest time of the slider. It was expected that the number of particles generated in the HDD would be related to the slider rest time because the slider rest time typically increased with the stiction force. It was also found that a few particles were continuously generated even as the slider flew over the disk surface. This might be caused by the intermittent contact between the slider and the disk surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-183
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Information Storage and Processing Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Jul 1


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