Title:
Computer disk organizational system
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A computer disk organizational system for efficiently and effectively organizing a plurality of computer disks. The computer disk organizational system includes an upper body having an upper flap, a lower body attached to the upper body having a lower flap, a receiving slot between the upper body and the lower body, a label removably positioned within the receiving slot, an upper adhesive attached to the upper flap, and a lower adhesive attached to the lower flap. The upper flap is attached to the upper recessed portion of the computer disk and the lower flap is attached to the lower recessed portion of the computer disk. The label is retained so as to be easily viewed from the distal end of the computer disk for efficient organization of the same.



Inventors:
Vehorn, Fred V. (Greenfield, IN, US)
Application Number:
09/970329
Publication Date:
04/03/2003
Filing Date:
10/02/2001
Assignee:
VEHORN FRED V.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
G9B/23.034, G9B/23.093
International Classes:
G11B23/03; G11B23/40; (IPC1-7): B65D85/30
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Primary Examiner:
CHOP, ANDREA MARIE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Michael S. Neustel (Fargo, ND, US)
Claims:

I claim:



1. A computer disk organizational system for attaching to an end of a computer disk, comprising: an upper portion; an upper flap extending from said upper portion; a lower portion attached to said upper portion, wherein said lower portion is substantially parallel to said upper portion; a lower flap extending from said lower portion; a receiving slot extending between said upper portion and said lower portion; an upper adhesive attached to said upper flap for attaching said upper flap to an upper recessed portion of a computer disk; and a lower adhesive attached to said lower flap for attaching said lower flap to a lower recessed portion of a computer disk.

2. The computer disk organizational system of claim 1, including a label attached to said upper portion.

3. The computer disk organizational system of claim 1, including a label removably positioned within said receiving slot.

4. The computer disk organizational system of claim 1, including an angled portion extending between said lower portion and said lower flap.

5. The computer disk organizational system of claim 4, wherein said angled portion is substantially traverse to said lower portion.

6. The computer disk organizational system of claim 1, including an elbow portion between said upper portion and said lower portion.

7. The computer disk organizational system of claim 1, wherein said upper portion is transparent.

8. The computer disk organizational system of claim 1, wherein said upper portion is semi-transparent.

9. The computer disk organizational system of claim 1, wherein said upper flap is pivotally attached to said upper portion and wherein said lower flap is pivotally attached to said lower portion.

10. The computer disk organizational system of claim 9, including an angled portion extending between said lower flap and said lower portion.

11. A computer disk organizational system for attaching to an end of a computer disk, comprising: an upper portion; an upper flap extending from said upper portion; a lower portion attached to said upper portion, wherein said lower portion is substantially parallel to said upper portion; a lower flap extending from said lower portion; an upper adhesive attached to said upper flap for attaching said upper flap to an upper recessed portion of a computer disk; and a lower adhesive attached to said lower flap for attaching said lower flap to a lower recessed portion of a computer disk.

12. The computer disk organizational system of claim 11, including a label attached to said upper portion.

13. The computer disk organizational system of claim 11, including a label attached to said lower portion.

14. The computer disk organizational system of claim 11, including an angled portion extending between said lower portion and said lower flap.

15. The computer disk organizational system of claim 14, wherein said angled portion is substantially traverse to said lower portion.

16. The computer disk organizational system of claim 11, including an elbow portion between said upper portion and said lower portion.

17. The computer disk organizational system of claim 11, wherein said upper portion is transparent.

18. The computer disk organizational system of claim 11, wherein said upper portion is semi-transparent.

19. The computer disk organizational system of claim 11, wherein said upper flap is pivotally attached to said upper portion and wherein said lower flap is pivotally attached to said lower portion.

20. The computer disk organizational system of claim 19, including an angled portion extending between said lower flap and said lower portion.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] Not applicable to this application.

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

[0002] Not applicable to this application.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0003] 1. Field of the Invention

[0004] The present invention relates generally to computer disks and more specifically it relates to a computer disk organizational system for efficiently and effectively organizing a plurality of computer disks.

[0005] 2. Description of the Prior Art

[0006] Portable magnetic computer disks have been in use for years and are often times referred to as “floppy disks.” Floppy disks are slower to access than “hard disks” and have less storage capacity, but are typically much less expensive. Floppy disks are removably positioned within disk drives which read the data contained upon the floppy disks.

[0007] Floppy disks come in two basic sizes: 5¼ inch and 3½ inch. Since 1987, the most common type of floppy disk utilized today is the 3½ inch floppy disk. The 3½ inch floppy disk is typically encased within a rigid rectangular shaped envelope. The most common sizes for floppy disks are 720K (double-density) and 1.44 MB (high-density). Most conventional floppy disks contain an upper recessed portion and a lower recessed portion for receiving a label which allows the user to describe the data content of the floppy disk. Floppy disks may have various types physical structures and configurations as is well established in the art.

[0008] The main problem with conventional floppy disks is that they are difficult to locate after placed within storage as the labeling area of the floppy disk is often hidden behind another floppy disk. The user is forced to physically manipulate each individual floppy disk until the desired disk is located. In addition, if the user changes the content upon the computer disk they must either cross out the previous content indicia or place a new label over the existing label on the computer disk to allow for proper identification of the new data content which is tedious and is not aesthetically pleasing. Another problem with conventional floppy disks is that they do not allow an individual to efficiently locate a floppy disk contained within a stack of disks without removing and sorting through the floppy disks.

[0009] Examples of patented devices which are related to the present invention include U.S. Pat. No. 5,695,219 to Crawford; U.S. Pat. No. 4,978,005 to Sammet; U.S. Pat. No. 5,540,380 to Bryant; U.S. Pat. No. 5,275,438 to Struhl; and U.S. Pat. No. 5,730,284 to Farrah.

[0010] While these devices may be suitable for the particular purpose to which they address, they are not as suitable for efficiently and effectively organizing a plurality of computer disks. Conventional computer disks do not provide an efficient means for locating a specific computer disk.

[0011] In these respects, the computer disk organizational system according to the present invention substantially departs from the conventional concepts and designs of the prior art, and in so doing provides an apparatus primarily developed for the purpose of efficiently and effectively organizing a plurality of computer disks.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0012] In view of the foregoing disadvantages inherent in the known types of computer disk filing systems now present in the prior art, the present invention provides a new computer disk organizational system construction wherein the same can be utilized for efficiently and effectively organizing a plurality of computer disks.

[0013] The general purpose of the present invention, which will be described subsequently in greater detail, is to provide a new computer disk organizational system that has many of the advantages of the computer disk filing systems mentioned heretofore and many novel features that result in a new computer disk organizational system which is not anticipated, rendered obvious, suggested, or even implied by any of the prior art computer disk filing systems, either alone or in any combination thereof.

[0014] To attain this, the present invention generally comprises an upper body having an upper flap, a lower body attached to the upper body having a lower flap, a receiving slot between the upper body and the lower body, a label removably positioned within the receiving slot, an upper adhesive attached to the upper flap, and a lower adhesive attached to the lower flap. The upper flap is attached to the upper recessed portion of the computer disk and the lower flap is attached to the lower recessed portion of the computer disk. The label is retained so as to be easily viewed from the distal end of the computer disk for efficient organization of the same.

[0015] There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, the more important features of the invention in order that the detailed description thereof may be better understood, and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated. There are additional features of the invention that will be described hereinafter and that will form the subject matter of the claims appended hereto.

[0016] In this respect, before explaining at least one embodiment of the invention in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and to the arrangements of the components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. The invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced and carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein are for the purpose of the description and should not be regarded as limiting.

[0017] A primary object of the present invention is to provide a computer disk organizational system that will overcome the shortcomings of the prior art devices.

[0018] A second object is to provide a computer disk organizational system for efficiently and effectively organizing a plurality of computer disks.

[0019] Another object is to provide a computer disk organizational system that reduces the amount of time required to locate a computer disk.

[0020] An additional object is to provide a computer disk organizational system that may be attached to various sizes and shapes of computer disks.

[0021] A further object is to provide a computer disk organizational system that allows an individual to easily modify the data content indicia of a particular computer disk.

[0022] Another object is to provide a computer disk organizational system that does not interfere with the operation of the computer disk.

[0023] Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become obvious to the reader and it is intended that these objects and advantages are within the scope of the present invention.

[0024] To the accomplishment of the above and related objects, this invention may be embodied in the form illustrated in the accompanying drawings, attention being called to the fact, however, that the drawings are illustrative only, and that changes may be made in the specific construction illustrated and described within the scope of the appended claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0025] Various other objects, features and attendant advantages of the present invention will become fully appreciated as the same becomes better understood when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which like reference characters designate the same or similar parts throughout the several views, and wherein:

[0026] FIG. 1 is an exploded upper perspective view of the present invention.

[0027] FIG. 2 is an upper perspective view of the present invention attached to a computer disk.

[0028] FIG. 3 is an exploded upper perspective view of the present invention with respect to a computer disk.

[0029] FIG. 4 is a side view of the present invention being attached to a computer disk.

[0030] FIG. 5 is a side view of the present invention attached to a computer disk.

[0031] FIG. 6 is a front view of the present invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0032] Turning now descriptively to the drawings, in which similar reference characters denote similar elements throughout the several views, FIGS. 1 through 6 illustrate a computer disk organizational system 10, which comprises an upper body 20 having an upper flap 26, a lower body 30 attached to the upper body 20 having a lower flap 36, a receiving slot 40 between the upper body 20 and the lower body 30, a label 50 removably positioned within the receiving slot 40, an upper adhesive 60 attached to the upper flap 26, and a lower adhesive 70 attached to the lower flap 36. The upper flap 26 is attached to the upper recessed portion 14 of the computer disk 12 and the lower flap 36 is attached to the lower recessed portion of the computer disk 12. The label 50 is retained so as to be easily viewed from the distal end of the computer disk 12 for efficient organization of the same.

[0033] As shown in FIGS. 1, 4 and 5 of the drawings, an elbow portion 24 connects the upper body 20 to the lower body 30. The upper body 20 and the lower body 30 are preferably comprised of a flexible material such as but not limited to plastic. The upper body 20 and the lower body 30 are further preferably comprised of a transparent material, semi-transparent material, opaque material or combinations thereof. As best shown in FIGS. 1 and 4 of the drawings, the upper body 20 and the lower body 30 are substantially parallel to one another and are comprised of relatively flat structures so as to not interfere with the usage of the computer disk 12 within a disk drive.

[0034] As shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 4 of the drawings, the upper body 20 is comprised of an upper portion 22 attached at one end to the elbow portion 24. An upper flap 26 is connected to the distal end of the upper portion 22 opposite of the elbow portion 24 as best shown in FIG. 1 of the drawings. The upper flap 26 is preferably pivotally connected to the upper portion 22 as best shown in FIGS. 4 and 5 of the drawings. The upper flap 26 preferably has a width less than or equal to the width of the upper recessed portion 14 as best shown in FIG. 2 of the drawings. The upper flap 26 is preferably formed so as to be approximately flush or below the upper surface of the computer disk 12 as shown in FIG. 5 of the drawings.

[0035] As shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 4 of the drawings, the lower body 30 is comprised of a lower portion 32 attached at one end to the elbow portion 24 opposite of the upper body 20. The lower portion 32 is substantially parallel to the upper portion 22 forming a receiving slot 40 as best shown in FIGS. 4 and 5 of the drawings. The lower portion 32 and the upper portion 22 preferably each have a relatively flat structure as further shown in FIGS. 4 and 5 of the drawings.

[0036] As shown in FIGS. 1 through 3 of the drawings, a label 50 is removably positionable within the receiving slot 40. The label 50 is preferably comprised of a material that may be written upon with conventional writing or printing devices such as paper or plastic. The label 50 may be comprised of various shapes, sizes and materials as can be appreciated.

[0037] The receiving slot 40 is preferably formed for snugly receiving the label 50 for preventing the accidental removal of the label 50 while attached to the computer disk 12. It can be appreciated that the label 50 may also be permanently attached to an outer surface of either the upper body 20 or the lower body 30 utilizing a conventional fastening means such as adhesive. The receiving slot 40 may be enclosed on one end or open on both ends.

[0038] As best shown in FIGS. 4 through 6 of the drawings, an angled portion 34 extends from the distal portion of the lower portion 32. The angled portion 34 preferably extends downwardly substantially traverse with respect to the lower portion 32, however various angles may be utilized for the angled portion 34. The angled portion 34 extends downwardly from the elbow portion 24 to approximately a plane extending from the lower surface of the computer disk 12 as best shown in FIGS. 4 and 5 of the drawings.

[0039] A lower flap 36 is connected to the distal end of the angled portion 34 opposite of the lower portion 32 as best shown in FIG. 1 of the drawings. The lower flap 36 is preferably pivotally connected to the angled portion 34 as best shown in FIGS. 4 and 5 of the drawings. The lower flap 36 preferably has a width less than or equal to the width of the lower recessed portion (not shown). The lower flap 36 is preferably formed so as to be approximately flush or below the lower surface of the computer disk 12 as shown in FIG. 5 of the drawings.

[0040] As shown in FIGS. 4 and 5 of the drawings, a lower adhesive 70 is attached to the lower portion 32 of the lower body 30. The lower adhesive 70 may be comprised of any type of adhesive that is capable of securing the lower flap 36 to the lower recessed portion of the computer disk 12. The lower adhesive 70 preferably has a relatively thin thickness so as to allow for a relatively flush attachment of the lower flap 36.

[0041] As shown in FIGS. 4 and 5 of the drawings, an upper adhesive 60 is attached to the upper portion 22 of the upper body 20. The upper adhesive 60 may be comprised of any type of adhesive that is capable of securing the upper flap 26 to the upper recessed portion 14 of the computer disk 12. A protective covering is preferably removably positioned about the upper adhesive 60 and lower adhesive 70 during storage thereof to prevent accidental attachment of the flaps 26, 36 to one another. The upper adhesive 60 preferably has a relatively thin thickness so as to allow for a relatively flush attachment of the upper flap 26. The upper adhesive 60 and the lower adhesive 70 are attached to the inner opposing surfaces of the flaps 26, 36 as shown in FIG. 4 of the drawings.

[0042] In use, the user removes the protective coverings from the adhesive 60, 70 and bends the flaps 26, 36 outwardly as shown in FIG. 4 of the drawings. The user then positions the flaps 26, 36 about the lower and upper recessed portions 14 until the elbow portion 24 is adjacent the end of the computer disk 12 as further shown in FIG. 4. The user then presses the flaps 26, 36 upon the computer disk 12 until properly secured thereto as shown in FIG. 5 of the drawings. The user then writes or prints upon a label 50 the contents of the computer disk 12 and then inserts the label 50 into the receiving slot 40 from a side thereof. The user may then either store and utilize the computer disk 12 within a computer without obstruction by the present invention. If the user requires modification of the label 50, the user simply removes the label 50 from within the receiving slot 40 and then inserts a new label 50 into thereof.

[0043] As to a further discussion of the manner of usage and operation of the present invention, the same should be apparent from the above description. Accordingly, no further discussion relating to the manner of usage and operation will be provided.

[0044] With respect to the above description then, it is to be realized that the optimum dimensional relationships for the parts of the invention, to include variations in size, materials, shape, form, function and manner of operation, assembly and use, are deemed to be within the expertise of those skilled in the art, and all equivalent structural variations and relationships to those illustrated in the drawings and described in the specification are intended to be encompassed by the present invention.

[0045] Therefore, the foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention. 1

Index of Elements for Computer Disk Organizational System
□ ENVIRONMENTAL ELEMENTS
□ 10. Computer Disk Organizational System
□ 11.
□ 12. Computer Disk
□ 13.
□ 14. Upper Recessed Portion
□ 15.
□ 16.
□ 17.
□ 18.
□ 19.
□ 20. Upper Body
□ 21.
□ 22. Upper Portion
□ 23.
□ 24. Elbow Portion
□ 25.
□ 26. Upper Flap
□ 27.
□ 28.
□ 29.
□ 30. Lower Body
□ 31.
□ 32. Lower Portion
□ 33.
□ 34. Angled Portion
□ 35.
□ 36. Lower Flap
□ 37.
□ 38.
□ 39.
□ 40. Receiving Slot
□ 41.
□ 42.
□ 43.
□ 44.
□ 45.
□ 46.
□ 47.
□ 48.
□ 49.
□ 50. Label
□ 51.
□ 52.
□ 53.
□ 54.
□ 55.
□ 56.
□ 57.
□ 58.
□ 59.
□ 60. Upper Adhesive
□ 61.
□ 62.
□ 63.
□ 64.
□ 65.
□ 66.
□ 67.
□ 68.
□ 69.
□ 70. Lower Adhesive
□ 71.
□ 72.
□ 73.
□ 74.
□ 75.
□ 76.
□ 77.
□ 78.
□ 79.