Device Mounting System for Drive Enclosure
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jan-06
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Disclosed is a device mounting system for a drive enclosure. The device mounting system includes a chamfered screw, which is attached to the side of the drive or cosmetic filler blank, and a bracket with a matching chamfer that is used to secure the drive inside an enclosure. The chamfered screw is attached to the side of the drive by driving it into the threaded hole in the drive until it bottoms-out on the screw shoulder. This forms a ‘V’ between the side of the drive and the screw head. As the bracket is slid down in the ‘V’ it’s corresponding chamfer locks around the screw head. Proper dimensional control ensures that a flange at the bottom of the bracket seats on top of a threaded feature in the bottom of the enclosure. When the bracket is seated a fastening screw can be inserted through the bracket and into the threaded feature to securely fasten the bracket and drive into the enclosure (see Figures 1, 2, 3). This method of securing the drive was invented to solve the following problems that conventional drive mounting techniques presented when mounting drives in a drive enclosure that had very tight space constraints in both the height and width dimensions: The height design constraint of the drive enclosure in relation to the drive height, created a situation that prevented the use of conventional bottom mount screw techniques to secure the drives in the enclosure since the screw heads would have protruded outside the drive enclosure form factor. Another inhibitor to using conventional bottom mount screw techniques was the desire to have a "tops down" assembly process for installing the drives there by eliminating the need for the drive installer to have access to the bottom of the drive enclosure chassis. This method of securing the drive eliminates the need for screws through the bottom of the enclosure, and allows the final assembly screws to be inserted from the top therefore simplifying the drive installation process.