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Multiple-Data-Storage-Media Disk-Pack Cartridge

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116920D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 6 page(s) / 116K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baca, F: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

A cartridge magazine contains multiple single side optical disks, each of said disks is carried in a holding tray which can be randomly withdrawn from the magazine cartridge shell by the drive for data accessing.

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Multiple-Data-Storage-Media Disk-Pack Cartridge

      A cartridge magazine contains multiple single side optical
disks, each of said disks is carried in a holding tray which can be
randomly withdrawn from the magazine cartridge shell by the drive for
data accessing.

The cartridge 1 of this invention, as illustrated Figs. 1 and 2,
comprises:

      A cartridge shell 2 which is enclosed by five walls:  The back
wall 3, the side walls 4, the top cover 5 and the bottom cover 6.
The front 7 of cartridge shell 2 is opened to receive media units 8.
The inner surfaces of side walls 4 contain a plurality of pairs of
elongated slots 9 to guide the media unit motion, and the top and
bottom covers have at least one retainers 15 to provide the cartridge
a means to grasp onto the storage receptacle 16.

      Recording media units 8 which can be inserted into the slots 9
along the rails 10.  For the optical disk application, the media unit
8 comprises a caddy 11 having a well 12 to contain the disk 13, as
shown in Fig. 3.  To retain the disk in its well if the caddy above
it is removed from the cartridge shell, the slots 9 must be deep
enough so that they capture a portion of the edge of the disk.  Each
rail 10 has an indentation 14 to receive the retainer 15 mounted on
the side walls 4 of the cartridge shell 2, these individual retainers
are to keep the media units in place after being completely inserted
into the shell, as shown in Fig. 4.

      The storage receptacle bin 17 is a array of receptacles 16
which comprises top and bottom guides 18, side guides 19 and posts 20
for the retainers 15 to grasp on.  If said posts 20 span across the
entire space separating the bottom and top guides, then the cut-outs
21 must be provided at t...