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With the proliferation of PC's and their use as the essential medium for writing and keeping data, the traditional saving of alphanumeric data in a hard copy format should be supplemented by the easily manageable filing within a GUARDISK, that is, an inexpensive, easily manipulated, easily filed plastic envelope with a closure which gives is a better than none protection against atmospheric and pollutant or damaging elements, and secures and allows easy retrieval and re-insertion of the detachable storage copy of the electronic material (diskette, CD, DVD, and others) the filing next to the print-out in hard copy being an essential feature. It is most advantageous and time saving to file the electronic alphanumeric data together with the hard copy so as to have easy access to it whenever it is to be transferred back to a PC for storage or reworking.

Nobl, Andrew (Lima, PE)
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206/387.13, G9B/23.093, G9B/33.008, 206/232
International Classes:
G11B23/40; G11B33/04; (IPC1-7): B65D85/57
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What I claim as my invention is a plastic envelope for filing and retrieving easily and safely electronic data together with the relative hard copy bringing together the necessary but now separate and unrelated features into one invention which has them all: Its main features which distinguish it from others not having all these necessary features are:

1. A side strip with two perforations which is to be used to attach GUARDISK to the hard copy either in a ring binder, or a file, or even stapling it so that it can be filed and retrieved together with the hard copy.

2. A flap or closure that will make it impossible for the diskette, CD, or DVD to fall out.

3. Plastic enclosure which will protect the electronic storage material from being damaged by weather or harmful elements.

4. A relatively large surface area which will allow a listing or description of its contents.



[0001] Not applicable.

[0002] If the Peruvian patent should be mentioned here, please refer to the appropriate place, further on, where details of it are given.


[0003] Not applicable.


[0004] Not applicable.


[0005] The invention pertains to the area of information processing. It facilitates the electronic record keeping and recovery of the electronic information contained in diskettes, CD's, DVD's allowing it to be easily recovered for feeding into the number of PC's considered convenient. The main feature is that it stores the individual electronic data in a way that allows it to be easily attached to the hard copy, which, in turn, allows its easy recovery and re-use in a data processing system, while keeping it from weather and other conditions which may affect it, storing it, again, after its use, and with the changes that might have been made to it.

[0006] It originated as the inventor saw the clumsy ways that the electronic information was affixed to the hard copy of projects, flow charts, Power Point presentations, literary production, engineering and architectural designs, etc . . . with unsightly and cumbersome methods, such as scotch tapes, plastic bags, and other unsightly and unwieldy containers, from which retrieval and re-insertion was awkward and laborious before the GUARDISK.


[0007] Prior to the advent of the electronic age, and after writing and numbering systems were invented, information was first stored for a few thousand years in the Mesopotamic clay tablets and in the still undeciphered quipus of the Inca empires. This task was facilitated by the invention of the papyrus in Egypt, a very expensive but useful base for storing writing, from which the name “paper” was derived. With the technical inventions of the Guttenberg press and the typewriter, the storing, retrieval, and reproduction of alphanumeric data was made much easier. The advent of the electronic age, brought with it a revolutionary method of writing and storing all material in a binary code, digital system, which is the most used one, although the same principle is also extended to longer that binary-digital recording systems.

[0008] The revolution introduced by the PC's and the related softwares made manipulating of the alphanumeric information much faster, reducing tedious and cumbersome repetitive tasks to easily given instruction and speedily and efficiently executed commands.

[0009] The electronic era has thus created a parallel culture: the irreplaceable paper based hard copy and the electronic data from which it is produced.

[0010] GUARDISK bridges the gap often found with the problems encountered in the electronic media such as erasures of hard disks, massive system failures, and difficulty in locating the required electronic information.

[0011] GUARDISK solves all this problems providing the solution to them by providing a simple and efficient way to keep and attach the electronic data to the related hard copy material.


[0012] The Drawings are shown in the appropriate section under such label.

[0013] FIG. 1: Shows a frontal view of the utility. Details:

[0014] 1a and 1b show the perforations for filing, 2 shows flap that keeps the electronic material inside the envelope, 3 shows the possible use of a Velcro® closing system, 4 shows the possible use of a ZIPLOCK® or similar closing system, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 show the heat or chemical seals on the sides and in the two portions of the envelope and its respective side-strip, 10 (does not exist, 1a was mistakenly taken as 10 by enumerator), 11 and 12 show the insert if the traditional envelope type closing is used.

[0015] FIG. 2: Shows side view of the utility or design. Details:

[0016] 13 shows the ZIPLOCK® type of closing, 14 shows the VELCRO® type closing, 15 and 16 show the front and back plastic sheets, 17 and 17a show the traditional type of overlapping envelope slap and the insert extension, 18 illustrates de diskette, CD, DVD, or other material where the electronic data is contained.

[0017] FIG. 3: Illustrates how GUARDISK can be used in files with lateral or superior type of filing perforations, in a ring binder (A) or in a fixed filing system with fasteners (B).


[0018] FEATURE DESCRIPTION: Plastic envelope with closing (flap, Velcro®, Ziplock®, or other) to keep electronic data material inside, allowing for easy manipulation (insertion, removal, and re-insertion) and a side strip with two perforations for the purpose of conveniently store electronic data material next to the hardcopy version.

[0019] DISTINCTION: This invention, as described herein, is distinct from other systems of storing the electronic data storage material. None of the systems seen provides for all the features, all necessary to fulfill the need for a convenient, accessible, and safe form to keep stored electronic data next to the hard/copy material. Existing systems are too bulky, unwieldy, or do not protect the material against accidental exit from its container, or are designed for collecting CDs or DVDs, in large quantities as a data base for music, feature films, or similar audio, visual type of needs.

[0020] MANUFACTURE: As proven in experimental form by the inventor, the different sheets of plastic are sealed together, perforated or otherwise worked upon in a simple, a semi-automated, or fully automated manufacturing process of heat manipulation (cutting, sealing). The cost consideration is very important and it has been kept constantly in mind. Not only is the constantly falling cost of the electronic recording media (diskettes, CDs, DVDs) make meaningless a more than nominal cost for the GUARDISK, but, quite the contrary, makes it viable because of the possible large demand that 1might be in the system, allowing it to be a very low-cost volume item.