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Patent Application Titled "Elastic Positioning Structure for Removable Hard Drive" Published Online

May 13, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventor KUO, Chung-I (Taoyuan Hsien, TW), filed on March 1, 2013, was made available online on May 1, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is Aic Inc.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The invention relates to a fixture of data storage device, particularly to a fixture of removable hard drive rack.

"With popularization of computers, many kinds of peripheral devices appear in the markets to satisfy user's requirements, for example, a removable hard drive for data storage (installed in a removable hard drive rack). Because of the advantages of plug-and-play and capability for storage of a bulky amount of data, the removable hard drive has been widely adopted by users.

"Such a removable hard drive rack can allow a hard drive to be directly detached from a computer case without disassembly. It is more convenient than conventional installation of hard drives.

"However, current removable hard drive racks usually require a hand tool to fasten screws into a case. On the other hand, to remove the hard drive, the hand tool is still required. Because the screws are symmetrically fastened to two opposite sides of the removable hard drive rack, difficulty of positioning and asymmetry of fastening forces happens frequently. Moreover, the disassembled screws are hard to be kept and a hand tool is required when installing and disassembling, these will cause complication and inconvenience."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "An object of the invention is to provide an elastic positioning structure for a removable hard drive which has an advantage of easy installation and positioning.

"Another object of the invention is to provide an elastic positioning structure for a removable hard drive which does not require any hand tool when installing and positioning and can avoid loss of screws.

"To achieve the above objects, the positioning structure of the invention includes an enclosure, a tray and a hard drive box. The enclosure has a plurality of rails and a stopping hole. The tray includes a bottom and two side walls vertically extending therefrom. One of the side walls is formed with an elastic pillar, and the elastic arm has a tongue with a protrusion. The hard drive box is received in the tray and has a positioning hole corresponding to the protrusion. When the tray is being slid into the enclosure, the elastic arm engages the protrusion with the positioning hole. When the tray is being slid out of the enclosure, the elastic arm engages with the stopping hole.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the invention;

"FIG. 2 is an assembled view of the removable hard drive of the invention;

"FIG. 3 is an exploded view of the removable hard drive of the invention;

"FIG. 4 is a sectional view of the invention which shows the removable hard drive is fastened to the enclosure;

"FIG. 5 is another sectional view of the invention which shows the removable hard drive is fastened to the enclosure;

"FIG. 6 is a schematic view which shows the removable hard drive is drawn out; and

"FIG. 7 is a schematic view shows multiple enclosures are combined."

For more information, see this patent application: KUO, Chung-I. Elastic Positioning Structure for Removable Hard Drive. Filed March 1, 2013 and posted May 1, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4666&p=94&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140424.PD.&OS=PD/20140424&RS=PD/20140424

Keywords for this news article include: Aic Inc., Information Technology, Information and Data Storage.

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