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Hardfile Adapter Tray for Personal Computer Systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102559D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 4 page(s) / 139K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dewitt, JR: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described is a hardfile adapter tray for use with personal computers (PCs) so as to provide a means of installing one or two 3-1/2" hardfile drives of various types within one 5-1/4" bay of an existing PC structure.

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Hardfile Adapter Tray for Personal Computer Systems

       Described is a hardfile adapter tray for use with
personal computers (PCs) so as to provide a means of installing one
or two 3-1/2" hardfile drives of various types within one 5-1/4" bay
of an existing PC structure.

      In prior art some PC housing structures were designed to
support a maximum of two 5-1/4" hardfile devices.  The concept
described herein enhances the prior art structure by providing an
adapter tray so that the various types of 3-1/2" hardfile drives can
be installed within a bay that was designed exclusively for a 5-1/4"
hardfile device.

      Fig. 1a shows the 5-1/2" hardfile frame housing 10 used for
housing the hardfile drive units.  Frame housing 10 can support one
5-1/4" full high hardfile drive or, with adapter tray 11, two 3-1/2"
hardfiles. Fig. 1b is shown to illustrate how one half high 3-1/2"
drive, with its adapter tray 11, is placed as the alternate for the
full high 5-1/4" drive (Fig. 1c).

      Fig. 2a shows one 3-1/2" hardfile 12 and adapter tray 11
installed with the second 3-1/2" hardfile in Fig. 2b positioned for
installation on top of the first hardfile 12 and held with screws 13.
Since a variety of 3-1/2" hardfiles are offered, adapter tray 11 is
designed in such a way so as to enable the mounting screws to be
properly aligned onto adapter tray 11.  Fig. 3 illustrates how
different types of hardfiles are mounted using different
screw-mounting holes in ada...