Ex parte KADOWAKI - Page 2

          Appeal No. 1997-3965                                                        
          Application No. 08/389,069                                                  

               The appellant's invention relates to a magnetic disk                   
          apparatus having a floating slider.  The longitudinal axis of               
          the slider body coincides with a tangent line of an                         
          intermediate track when the slider is positioned over that                  
          track.  In addition, two parallel rails on the slider extend                
          obliquely to the longitudinal axis of the slider body.  The                 
          rails form an angle with the tangent line of the track over                 
          which the slider is positioned, the angle being substantially               
          zero for the innermost track and increasing as the slider                   
          moves radially away from the innermost track.  Claim 1 is                   
          illustrative of the claimed invention, and it reads as                      
               1.   A magnetic disk apparatus comprising:                             
               a plurality of coaxially arranged magnetic disks having                
          respective opposite surfaces and tracks arranged on said                    
               a magnetic head assembly including a rotatable head                    
          carriage with a hub and a plurality of head arms extending                  
          from the hub in a line, each of the head arms having a                      
          longitudinal central axis;                                                  
               at least one floating slider having a body configured in               
          a generally rectangular parallelepiped shape carried by each                
          of the head arms and having at least one magnetic head for                  
          access of one of the surfaces of the magnetic disks;                        


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