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Operator Interface for Small Disk Drives

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000081506D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Pycha, CA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This method of mounting a disk drive below table top level presents a low profile and makes the unit easily accessible to the operator. The bezel-door combination provides a cover for the opening as well as presenting a pleasing external appearance.

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Operator Interface for Small Disk Drives

This method of mounting a disk drive below table top level presents a low profile and makes the unit easily accessible to the operator. The bezel-door combination provides a cover for the opening as well as presenting a pleasing external appearance.

Disk 1, Fig. 1 is inserted through bezel 2 into a disk drive located under table top 3. Door 4 is pushed forward until latched. A mechanical linkage actuated by the door moves a plastic hub, not shown, through a hole in the disk 1. The hub mates with a rotating spindle of the disk drive, causing the disk to rotate for reading or recording on the media.

When button 5 is depressed, door 4 slides open. This action also disengages the plastic hub from the drive. The operator is now free to remove the disk 1 from the unit. Fig. 2 shows a side view in cross section of the unit of Fig. 1.

This scheme allows a disk drive designed for internal mounting to be accessible as an operator-oriented unit for use in a data entry machine. It provides a protective cover along with easy access for the operator.

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