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Drive Status Display in Storage Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114816D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nobu, H: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for adding the display function to the storage device to show the drive letter and the drive status such as an error and the retry count. This function improves the usability and reduces the errors in operation as mentioned below.

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Drive Status Display in Storage Device

      Disclosed is a method for adding the display function to the
storage device to show the drive letter and the drive status such as
an error and the retry count.  This function improves the usability
and reduces the errors in operation as mentioned below.

The background of the invention follows:
  1.  When the personal computer systems such as DOS or OS/2* are
used,
       user has to know the drive letters (D:, E: ..) corresponding
to
       the external storage devices in the basic operations like a
file
       copy and delete.  However, it's sometimes difficult for users
to
       know the drive letters.  The reasons are that the drive
letters
       are determined by the number of the partitions and the loading
       sequence of the device drivers.  The problem that users cannot
       know the drive letter causes user trouble before opeartions,
       especially when the external storage devices are connected via
       SCSI and they are piled up.
  2.  The data capacity of the storage devices is getting large year
by
       year.  If the data stored in thoese devices are lost, the
       financial loss and the mental damage are large.  The data loss
       happens suddenly and it is not recoverable in most cases.  On
the
       otherhand, the some symptons such as the increase of the retry
       count may happen internally in...