MS-DOS FAT file system ripped off? (from WHOM?)

From: Sam Ismail <>
Date: Wed Jan 13 00:10:48 1999

On Tue, 12 Jan 1999, Fred Cisin (XenoSoft) wrote:

> When going to the directory on a system without a track 0 stop or track
> 0 switch, it DOES substantially reduce the average access.
> But, if there IS a track 0 stop, or track 0 switch, then it is normally
> possible to get to track 0 at full maximum velocity, rather than stepping
> one track at a time, pausing (and maybe reading) before taking the next step.
> That usually makes even the maximum seek to track 0 take even less than
> half the time that track by track stepping would.

I don't know if this makes complete sense on the Apple disk drives. When
you wanted to step, say, 5 tracks over, you massaged the stepper motor the
requisite number of times to get it to where you assumed it would be 5
tracks over. Then the DOS went about its business reading for the sector
it was looking for. If it didn't find it then it assumed a problem and
recalibrated (to track 0), then stepped back the requisite number of times
to get to the track you originally were headed for. This scheme resulted
in 99.99999% success in jumping from track to track. And the CATALOG
track was 17 (on a 34 track formatted disk).

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