A data storage cartridge (14) can be removably inserted into a drive (13), so that respective connectors (52, 67) move into engagement. Two pawls (81, 82) are biased by a spring (119), and releasably lock the cartridge in its inserted position. In order to remove the cartridge from the drive, a motorized eject mechanism (221) can be actuated and effects movement of an eject member (171), which in turn disengages the pawls from the cartridge, moves the cartridge sufficiently to disengage the connectors, and positions the pawls for insertion of the next cartridge. If the motorized mechanism is not operable, a manual release can be effected by manually inserting a member (291) through an opening (261) provided in the drive housing, and using this member to manually move the eject member.

Title
Method and apparatus for manually ejecting a data storage cartridge from a drive
Application Number
9/854391
Publication Number
20020167756
Application Date
May 11, 2001
Publication Date
November 14, 2002
Inventor
Scott P Thomas
Ogden
UT, US
Spencer W Stout
Layton
UT, US
Theodore J Smith
Layton
UT, US
Ryan D Osterhout
Layton
UT, US
Paul C Kunz
Ogden
UT, US
Agent
Baker Botts
TX, US
Agent
Jerry W Mills Esq
TX, US
IPC
G11B 17/04
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