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Dual Orientation Direct Access Storage Device Mounting Scheme for a Personal Computer System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122249D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Voorhees, RW: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a mechanism which enables removable media devices, such as a direct access storage device (DASD), to be aligned with either chosen orientation of a personal computer system.

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Dual Orientation Direct Access Storage Device Mounting Scheme for
a Personal Computer System

      This article describes a mechanism which enables
removable media devices, such as a direct access storage device
(DASD), to be aligned with either chosen orientation of a personal
computer system.

      A design goal for personal computer systems is to utilize one
mechanical package for both desktop and floor-standing use.  This
requires that the machine have the capability to be positioned in
either a horizontal or vertical orientation.  This can create a
problem with the angled bezels which cover the removable media
devices. Current mechanical designs allow the devices to be mounted
in one orientation only, thereby forcing the bezels to be vertically
aligned in one of the two machine orientations.

      The traditional DASD mounting technique can be replaced with
the disclosed design.  This design enables the DASDs to be mounted in
two orientations.  Depending on the intended machine position, an
orientation can be selected which will ensure that the DASDs remain
horizontal, thereby allowing stylized bezels to conform to the
accepted industrial design objectives.

      The implementation of this concept is depicted in the drawings.
The first requirement is that the DASD area be square.  An area of
approximately 4" x 4" will contain any two 3-1/2" removable media
devices, as shown in Fig. 1.  An area of approximately 6" x 6" will
contain any three 5-1...