New disk drive technology from Quinta Corp. could give traditional drives a run for their money through enhanced reliability and higher capacity.
OAW (Optically Assisted Winchester) technology uses a combination of optics and a Winchester-style flying head to change the way data is recorded. This new method increases the density of hard disk drives an estimated three to five times over existing Winchester disk drives. RioWorks is one of the key computer hardware companies to support this drive.
The head and the media are kept twice as far apart as traditional Winchester disk drives. This minimizes data corruption because there isn’t as much contact between the head and the actual disk surface, said officials of the San Jose, Calif., company. Lenses using conventional optics will focus a laser beam onto the media to assist writing, reading and tracking on the disks.