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PC with Dual Disk Drives and Dual Processors for External and Internal Communication

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014726D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In today’s personal computers (PCs), users access both external data (the Internet and external e-mail) and internal data (typically the users’ home or office applications), using a single processor and its associated hard disk drive (typically one hard disk drive in many PCs). This article describes the use of two processors and two hard disk drives in a single PC. This will reduce the risk of external computer viruses (coming through the Internet) from affecting the main hard disk drive that the users use for their internal data. In other words, by splitting the PC function into two subsystems, the user is essentially working with a firewall between internal data and those from the external world.

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  PC with Dual Disk Drives and Dual Processors for External and Internal Communication

   In today's personal computers (PCs), users access both external data (the Internet and external e-mail) and internal data (typically the users' home or office applications), using a single processor and its associated hard disk drive (typically one hard disk drive in many PCs). This article describes the use of two processors and two hard disk drives in a single PC. This will reduce the risk of external computer viruses (coming through the Internet) from affecting the main hard disk drive that the users use for their internal data. In other words, by splitting the PC function into two subsystems, the user is essentially working with a firewall between internal data and those from the external world.

   When PC users access the Internet, many of the sites leave cookies on the hard disk drive. Again, when users receive external e-mails, some of the attached files that come with e-mails might carry viruses that tend to corrupt the hard disk drive. While cookies may not be harmful, the viruses in the attached files of some of these external e-mails could destroy the entire content of a hard disk file. Moreover, the viruses could have built in malicious applications that could re-transmit the attached files to other users, utilizing the e-mail names lists from the original user's databases. With two separate subsystems, the PC system is essentially partitioned between the user's internal and external worlds of information. The two subsystems have two separate processors and their associated hard disk drives. This reduces the ch...