Patent Number: 6,166,901

Title: Vibration dampening system for removable hard disk drive carriers

Abstract: A "hot-pluggable" hard disk drive is mounted in a removable hard disk drive tray. The hard disk drive tray has a vibration dampening system for reducing vibration between the hard disk drive, the hard disk drive tray, and a hard disk drive docking bay located within a computer system. The vibration dampening system has three primary components. The first component is a strip of polymeric material located between an end of the hard disk drive tray and the docking bay. The second component of the vibration dampening system is a set of polymeric strips located between an inner surface of the tray and the hard disk drive. The third component of the vibration dampening system is a set of spring assemblies. Each spring assembly is located between the sides of the tray and the docking bay.

Inventors: Gamble; Eric T. (Raleigh, NC), Drake; James R. (Burlington, NC), Pacheco; Joaquin F. (Apex, NC)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 1/18 (20060101); G11B 33/08 (20060101); G11B 33/12 (20060101); G06F 001/16 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017