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Flexible Disk Drive Enclosure

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100827D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 109K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jan, DK: AUTHOR

Abstract

The figures illustrate an enclosure made of plastic, for lighter weight, which is molded to house a half-high (41 mm), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive in either or both upper slot 2 and lower slot 3 (Fig. 1). The dimensions of the enclosure are large enough to allow a half-high drive to slide into the enclosure from the front, yet small enough in outside dimensions to fit into the existing area allowed in the personal computer for the full-high drive (Fig. 2). The enclosure is a box with ventilated sides and top. The back side is open for ease of attaching signal connectors and power cables. The bottom of the box is solid.

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Flexible Disk Drive Enclosure

       The figures illustrate an enclosure made of plastic, for
lighter weight, which is molded to house a half-high (41 mm),
5.25-inch floppy disk drive in either or both upper slot 2 and lower
slot 3 (Fig. 1).  The dimensions of the enclosure are large enough to
allow a half-high drive to slide into the enclosure from the front,
yet small enough in outside dimensions to fit into the existing area
allowed in the personal computer for the full-high drive (Fig. 2).
The enclosure is a box with ventilated sides and top.  The back side
is open for ease of attaching signal connectors and power cables.
The bottom of the box is solid.  The front of the box enclosure is
molded as a bezel frame 5 such that when a half-high drive is inside
the enclosure, the drive bezel and enclosure bezel together form the
outside bezel of the drive which the customer sees.

      The enclosure being the height of a full-high drive can house
two half-high drives stacked on top of each other.  If only one
half-high drive is used in the enclosure, the unused half can be
covered with a solid bezel 6 (Fig. 3). The inside of the enclosure
has molded lips that act as support rails to hold the drives.

      The enclosure is attached to a personal computer using existing
mounting holes (sides and bottom).  A drive is attached to the
enclosure by two screws which extend through two of the holes 7, one
on each side of the drive.  The other two screw holes 7 on...