Patent Number: 6,166,900

Title: Media drive canister vibration dampner and method of dampening

Abstract: A vibration dampening mechanism for operative arrangement with a data storage media drive canister, having: a cantilevered dampening spring secured to a surface of, or integral with, a side of a housing for the drive canister. The spring has a free end that can extend over an aperture through the housing side. The spring can comprise a bent portion, having an outer bend surface, between a secured end and the free encl. When installed in a canister support structure, this outer bend surface will contact an under surface of the structure causing the bent portion to at least partially flatten; the free end may deflect into the aperture. Also, a storage media drive vibration dampening system for operation with a media drive canister support structure having: a cantilevered dampening spring secured to, or integral with, a side of a drive canister housing. And, a method of dampening the vibration of a data storage media drive in operation comprising the steps of: providing a cantilevered dampening spring secured to a surface of, or integral with, a side of a drive canister housing containing the media drive, the side has an aperture through it over which a free end of the spring can extend; and contacting an outer bend surface of a bent portion of the spring with an under surface of a canister support structure to cause the bent portion to at least partially flatten.

Inventors: Flynn; Timothy M. (Wichita, KS), Harvey; Robert T. (Wichita, KS)

Assignee: LSI Logic Corporation

International Classification: G11B 33/08 (20060101); H05K 005/00 (); H05K 007/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017