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Portable Diskette Drive Translator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061586D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bigando, DE: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes a portable mechanism for transferring data from one diskette to another diskette of different size within the same housing. This housing can be made up of any size diskette drive that the industry is using. The mechanism disclosed herein is shown in Figs. 1 - 5. It allows various operations like formatting, copy data, transfer data from one size diskette to another diskette of different size. Fig. 1 shows the overall assembly which includes a power supply that can power the unit independently of the main system. A single belt can be used to drive both the collet and spindle. There is a 5.25" collet with a 3.5" spindle pickup. The single belt drive utilizes only one motor. Fig.

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Portable Diskette Drive Translator

This article describes a portable mechanism for transferring data from one diskette to another diskette of different size within the same housing. This housing can be made up of any size diskette drive that the industry is using. The mechanism disclosed herein is shown in Figs. 1 - 5. It allows various operations like formatting, copy data, transfer data from one size diskette to another diskette of different size. Fig. 1 shows the overall assembly which includes a power supply that can power the unit independently of the main system. A single belt can be used to drive both the collet and spindle. There is a 5.25" collet with a
3.5" spindle pickup. The single belt drive utilizes only one motor. Fig. 2 shows the diskette drive translator unit as a portable unit with individual power supply and a programmable touchpad key device for individual control. The control will allow several drive operations. It will have an off/on switch and handle which makes it easily transportable. The circuitry uses large scale integration (LSI) modules to allow the different operations within the unit. The unit will contain drive card electronics plus diskette drive card electronics that are normally in the personal computer (PC). It will use LSI technology. Figs. 3 and 4 show front and top views respectively, of the unit. Fig. 5 shows the circuit board which allows data to be transferred from one diskette to another and vice versa, for example, a
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