Patent Number: 6,637,691

Title: Latching mechanism for tape drive

Abstract: A method and apparatus for loading tape from a single reel tape cartridge into a take-up reel. The hub filler is securely and releaseably attached to the take-up reel upon the hub filler entering the take-up reel. This attachment provides adequate securement between the hub filler and the take-up reel for the tape to be wrapped around the take-up reel during loading of the tape without the hub filler partially ejecting from the take-up reel. By preventing the hub filler from partially ejecting from the take-up reel, damage to the tape and the tape drive loading mechanism is mitigated. Upon unloading of the tape from the tape drive, the hub filler can be readily released from its attachment to the take-up reel.

Inventors: Hamming; John Anthony (Laguna Niguel, CA), Heinze; Robert Ralph (San Clemente, CA), Hanson; Scott Louis (Costa Mesa, CA), Redhead; Kempton William (Huntington Beach, CA), Fehlmann; Walter (Fountain Valley, CA), Bauer; Russell Allen (Garden Grove, CA), Goker; Turguy (Solana Beach, CA)

Assignee: Seagate Removable Storage Solutions, LLC

International Classification: G11B 23/107 (20060101); G11B 23/113 (20060101); G11B 15/67 (20060101); G11B 23/08 (20060101); G11B 15/66 (20060101); G11B 015/66 ()

Expiration Date: 10/28/2020