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Method of mounting floppy, CD and DVD drives. so that they can be easily removed for servicing or replacement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028741D
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-28
Document File: 5 page(s) / 870K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In order to improve the service time for replacing Floppy, CD or DVD drives it would be advantageous if the drive could be removed from the front of the system without having to remove a front overall bezel or open the system covers. Our invention allows this whilst maintaining an attractive appearance.

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Method of mounting floppy, CD and DVD drives. so that they can be easily removed for servicing or replacement

     In order to improve the service time for replacing Floppy, CD or DVD drives it would be advantageous if the drive could be removed from the front of the system without having to remove a front overall bezel or open the system covers. Our invention allows this whilst maintaining an attractive appearance. Existing solutions use screws or brackets that require bezels to be removed or covers opened. A plastic guide moulding is screwed or otherwise attached to the side of the drive. Within this moulding is a coil compression spring. At the front of the moulding is a small tab that acts like a latch. When the drive is pushed into a suitably shaped drive bay a metal tab engages a slot in the moulding and progressively compresses the spring so that by the time the drive is fully home it has sufficient force to unplug any connector the drive may be plugged into or just enough to push the drive back out with its cable. The latch retains the drive in the "In" position. To remove the drive the customer just needs to operate the latch using a pen or similar and the drive will be ejected sufficiently far so that it can be gripped and fully removed without problems.

This design is simple, low cost and can the latch can be small and unobtrusive.

In Fig 1. a chassis has features added to guide the drive, mountings for a interconnect card (or perhaps a blind mating cable), a tab and feature for latch to engage on.

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