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Direct Access Storage Device Airflow Block

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115300D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

LaPree, SR: AUTHOR

Abstract

A snap-in airflow block system for a Direct Access Storage Device (DASD) array subsystem is disclosed.

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Direct Access Storage Device Airflow Block

      A snap-in airflow block system for a Direct Access Storage
Device (DASD) array subsystem is disclosed.

      Disclosed is a snap-in airflow block to be used in a new DASD
subsystem.  In this subsystem are up to 8 DASD carriers.  These
carriers are capable of using any 3-1/2 inch form factor device and
are selfcontained auto-docking assemblies.

      In different models of this DASD subsystem, as few as three
DASD devices may be present.  If the unused slots remain vacant,
airflow is forced around the remaining DASD devices instead of
through them.  This causes excessively high DASD temperatures,
resulting in drive failure.

      The assembled DASD carrier (1) is shown in the figure.  The
airflow block (2) snaps into the front of the carrier assembly,
blocking all airflow through it.  It requires no tools to assemble,
and also utilizes the DASD carrier assembly itself as a
mounting/locating platform.  This saves money and confusion, as the
DASD carrier can be used as either an airflow block assembly or a
DASD mounting device.