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Perpendicular recording media technology faces limitation in the writability of media with high anisotropy. Therefore, alternative methods are sought to overcome this problem. Heat-assisted magnetic recording may give rise to high areal densities, but the technological process will take time. We have studied methods to improve the writability in perpendicular recording media using crystalline soft underlayer (C-SUL) materials with fcc(111) texture. One of the recording media designs consists of a simple insertion of C-SUL material between the nonmagnetic intermediate layers, thus providing a path for magnetic flux during the writing. In the alternative methods, part of the nonmagnetic intermediate layer material was replaced with C-SUL material. Overwrite improvement was observed in both the cases, indicating that the C-SUL material will play a major role in improving writability in recording media.