An introduction to disk drive modeling

Figure from the paper showing recording and accessing mechanisms (platters, heads, arm assembly) of a HDD.
Track-identifying information, called servo bursts, is interspersed throughout the track.
Zoning: outer zones have more sectors per track and provide faster access.
  1. More than just an interface — SCSI vs ATA, Anderson, Dykes, and Riedel, FAST 2003
  2. Hard Disk Drives, Arpaci-Dusseau and Arpaci-Dusseau, Operating Systems: Theee Easy Pieces (OSTEP) v1, 2018

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