An information storage device (10) includes a cartridge (14) which can be removably inserted into a cradle (13) coupled by a cable (12) to a host computer. The cartridge includes an outer housing (54) containing a chamber (122), and having an electrical connector (63) on the exterior. An inner housing (128) contains a hard disk mechanism, and is resiliently supported within the chamber by four resilient elements (131-134). A flex circuit (146) extends from the inner housing to the connector, and permits relative movement of the inner and outer housings. The resilient elements are formed by cutting a cross-shaped part (402) from a foam sheet, cutting two square parts (406-407) from a different foam sheet, adhesively laminating the outer parts to opposite sides of the center part, and then cutting the resulting assembly along two planes to form the four resilient elements.

Title
Method and apparatus for protecting a hard disk drive from shock
Application Number
9/858073
Publication Number
20020167792
Application Date
May 14, 2001
Publication Date
November 14, 2002
Inventor
Allen T Bracken
Layton
UT, US
Paul C Kunz
Ogden
UT, US
Scott P Thomas
Ogden
UT, US
Ryan D Osterhout
Layton
UT, US
Agent
Baker Botts
TX, US
Agent
Jerry W Mills Esq
TX, US
IPC
G06F 01/16
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