The patent's inventors are Reid, Gavin (
This patent was filed on
From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "This invention relates to electronic devices and, more particularly, to hard disk drive structures for electronic devices such as portable computers.
"Designers of portable computers are faced with competing demands. For example, it is generally desirable to reduce the weight of a portable computer, so that a user is not burdened by an overly heavy device. At the same time, durability and aesthetics should not suffer. Often, weight can be saved, but only at the expense of reducing the size or strength of device components. Similarly, it may be possible to improve device appearance, but only at the expense of making a device more fragile and susceptible to damage. For example, it may be difficult to form robust hard drive mounting structures.
"It would therefore be desirable to be able to provide improved hard drive mounting structures for electronic devices such as portable computers."
Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Portable computers with improved hard disk drive subsystems are provided.
"A hard disk drive subsystem may be provided that exhibits enhanced durability. The hard drive subsystem may have mounting structures that help to protect the drive from damage.
"The hard drive mounting structures may include elastomeric support members. Each elastomeric support member may have a relatively rigid inner portion. The inner portion may include a hole that receives a hard drive mounting pin. Each elastomeric support member may also have a relatively flexible outer portion. The relatively flexible outer portion may be mounted within an opening in a plastic or metal support member. The rigid inner portion may have a square outline and may be mounted within a square opening in the flexible outer portion.
"A noise reduction structure may be provided that helps to reduce vibration and associated noise in a hard drive. The noise reduction structure may have a planar member such as a copper-weighted sheet, a stainless steel-weighted sheet, or any other structure that has a suitable weight. The member may be mounted to the planar surface of a hard disk drive with adhesive.
"Further features of the invention, its nature and various advantages will be more apparent from the accompanying drawings and the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments."
For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Reid, Gavin; Hopkinson, Ron; Tan, Cheng P.; Brock, John; Ligtenberg, Chris; Andre,
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