An information storage device (10) includes a drive module (14) releasably coupled to an interface module (13), where an information storage cartridge (11) can be removably inserted into the drive module in an approximately vertical direction. The drive module has a light source and magnifying lens which highlight indica located on the cartridge. Guide structure ensures that the cartridge can be inserted only with a single proper orientation. The drive module includes a display (236) which provides operational status information, and which is visible through an opening (411) provided in the interface module. The interface module has at least two ports (307, 308) conforming to a selected communication protocol, to permit the information storage device to be daisy chained with other compatible devices. A button (301) for initiating cartridge removal is actuated in an approximately vertical direction.

Title
Information storage device with a removable cartridge, and a method of operating it
Application Number
9/755961
Publication Number
20020085300
Application Date
January 4, 2001
Publication Date
July 4, 2002
Inventor
Ryan D Osterhout
Layton
UT, US
David L Jolley
Kaysville
UT, US
Douglas S Reynolds
Clinton
UT, US
Scott P Thomas
Ogden
UT, US
Paul C Kunz
Ogden
UT, US
Spencer W Stout
Layton
UT, US
Paul E Jacobs
Ogden
UT, US
David S Greenhalgh
Roy
UT, US
Todd R Shelton
Syracuse
UT, US
Jeffery D Penman
Ogden
UT, US
Theodore J Smith
Layton
UT, US
Allen T Bracken
Layton
UT, US
Agent
Baker Botts
TX, US
Agent
Jerry W Mills Esq
TX, US
IPC
G11B 15/18
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