Mounting Method for Disk Drive Unit
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
A method is described which solves the problems of robotic assembly, customer upgrade and service, accuracy of positioning, and protection from damage of a disk drive or similar device used in a portable computer. (Image Omitted) Modern, lightweight, low cost, rugged, portable computing devices require mounting of components which allow these components to be assembled with the aid of robots which allow the components to be easily installed and removed for upgrade and servicing. Figs. 1, 2, and 3 show a disk drive component 1 mounted in portable unit covers 4 which are cut away for clarity. A drive bezel 2 is attached to the drive with snap clips 2a which are an integral part of the bezel. Mating features (not shown) in the bezel and the drive provide for accurate positioning between the bezel and the drive.