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Color Coded Directories for Removable Media

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122901D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hocker, MD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Removable media for personal computers is exploding in importance. This can create a problem for users when manually trying to find the desired removable hard disk, floppy disk, tape cartridge or cassette, optical disk, etc., when retrieving a file.

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Color Coded Directories for Removable Media

      Removable media for personal computers is exploding in
importance.  This can create a problem for users when manually trying
to find the desired removable hard disk, floppy disk, tape cartridge
or cassette,  optical disk, etc., when retrieving a file.

      The solution has two parts.  The first part is to have a master
directory on the user's hard disk of all the user's files which are
on removable media.  Whenever the user updates a file on the
removable media, the directory in the removable media and the master
directory on  the hard disk would both be updated.

      The second part of this solution is that the directory contains
more than just the name of the file.  The directory also contains
what sort of media the file is being stored on.  Additionally, the
name of the directory associated with the removable media and the
file names in  that directory could be color coded to match the color
coding of the label or cartridge body itself, of the removable media.

      The identification of the type of removable media that contains
the file could be made in script, such as "floppy disk," an icon
which depicts the media, or both.  The type of removable media could
be identified via an interrogator on the PC, which queries the
capacity, tracks, sector size, etc., of the removable media and uses
a table-lookup  to identify the media and store that identification
on the personal computer's hard disk along side of the name of the
files stored on that  media.  Alternately, the user could manually
identify the type of media  when it is first mounted via a pull-down
menu.

      Once first identified, a directory entry is made to the piece
of removable media indicating what type of removable media it is.
That way, each subsequent time the removable media is mounted,...