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Group Code Recording

<storage> (GCR) A recording method used for 6250 BPI magnetic tapes.

GCR typically uses a group of five bits of code to represent four bits of data, where the encoding ensures no more than two or three zeros occur in a row, and no more than eight or so ones occur in a row, where zeros represent an absense of magnetic change.

GCR is also used on Commodore Business Machines diskette drives; the 4040, 8050, 154x, 157x and 158x series of 5.25" and 3.5" low and high density diskette drives used with 8-bit home computers circa 1977 to 1992. Also used on Amiga internal and external drives.

Compare NRZI, PE.

(1997-08-29)


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