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Optical Disk Handler

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061470D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bartholet, MA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This handler allows the user to transfer an optical disk between a storage container and a disk drive without contaminating the disk with fingerprints, etc. The disk handler forms part of the storage container, and acts as a means for transporting the disk when the disk is out of the container. The disk handler and a storage sleeve, when combined, provide protective storage for the optical disk. When the disk is removed from the storage sleeve, the disk handler is held by the user's fingers, and enables the disk to be transported, untouched, between the sleeve and the disk drive. Handler 10 consists of a body which provides protective edge coverage for disk 11 during handling. Fig. 1 is a top view of handler 10, disk 11 and storage sleeve 12. Fig. 2 is a side view. Figs.

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Optical Disk Handler

This handler allows the user to transfer an optical disk between a storage container and a disk drive without contaminating the disk with fingerprints, etc. The disk handler forms part of the storage container, and acts as a means for transporting the disk when the disk is out of the container. The disk handler and a storage sleeve, when combined, provide protective storage for the optical disk. When the disk is removed from the storage sleeve, the disk handler is held by the user's fingers, and enables the disk to be transported, untouched, between the sleeve and the disk drive. Handler 10 consists of a body which provides protective edge coverage for disk 11 during handling. Fig. 1 is a top view of handler 10, disk 11 and storage sleeve 12. Fig. 2 is a side view. Figs. 3 through 8 show the handler and the disk in a number of operational positions. The handler includes a spring-biased latch 13 which captures a raised annulus 14 of the disk. Latch 13 is provided with a lever 15, which, when depressed by fingertip, can disengage latch 13, releasing disk 10. The handler also includes a spring-biased interlock 16 which interferes with the disengaging action of latch
13. Normally the disk cannot be released from the handler, either intentionally or inadvertently. Only when the handler and its disk is fully inserted into the drive can the disk be released. When fully inserted, a protruding portion 17 on the disk drive's bezel 18 penetrates the han...