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Apparatus to Remove Logical Vs. Physical Drive Management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102233D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Redpath, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Some File Manager Applications require the user to have knowledge of both logical and physical drives. Logical and physical drives present a burden to the user in performing tasks. Other systems provide an infinite set of diskette objects from a single drive. The user is still aware of the drive itself, but he/she can load many diskettes and access them as separate entities. When more than one drive is presented with the system, the user must also be aware of the drive instead of just the diskette (the diskette belongs to that drive).

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Apparatus to Remove Logical Vs. Physical Drive Management

       Some File Manager Applications require the user to have
knowledge of both logical and physical drives.  Logical and physical
drives present a burden to the user in performing tasks.  Other
systems provide an infinite set of diskette objects from a single
drive.  The user is still aware of the drive itself, but he/she can
load many diskettes and access them as separate entities.  When more
than one drive is presented with the system, the user must also be
aware of the drive instead of just the diskette (the diskette belongs
to that drive).

      This disclosure provides a system in which an infinite set of
diskettes may be used without requiring any knowledge by the user
regarding the diskette drive.  The apparatus is an icon image of the
diskette drive.  The user "clicks" with a mouse or other input
selection device on the icon image, and the diskette drives are
accessed.  If there is a diskette in any of the drives, the
application will create an icon image of the diskette.  The image
will have the label name of the diskette as the title for recognition
by the user.  The user can repeatedly put in different diskettes, and
the application will recognize them and create independent images.
If a diskette is loaded into a diskette drive which has an image
created for it already, the apparatus will recognize the diskette and
highlight the image already created.  For example, assume a system
which has two diskette drives (A and B).  A diskette, whic...