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US20110007471A1
US20110007471A1 US12459989 US45998909A US2011007471A1 US 20110007471 A1 US20110007471 A1 US 20110007471A1 US 12459989 US12459989 US 12459989 US 45998909 A US45998909 A US 45998909A US 2011007471 A1 US2011007471 A1 US 2011007471A1
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A computer chassis has a body, a connector, an opening, a plug-in slot and an eSATA connector. The body has a panel and a receiving space. The connector is attached to the body and located in the receiving space. The opening is formed on the panel and communicates with the receiving space. The plug-in slot is formed on the panel beside the opening. The eSATA connector has a receiving end mounted to the plug-in slot.

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    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention
  • The present invention relates to a computer chassis, especially to a computer chassis comprising a hard disk adapter.
  • 2. Description of the Prior Art
  • Traditionally, hard disks are screwed within a traditional conventional computer chassis, which is inconvenient. Rapid assembly of computer main frames is expected in recent information-technology industry.
  • A conventional computer chassis capable of fastening a hard disk(s) rapidly and conveniently is provided to meet the expectation. The conventional computer chassis has a hard disk adapter for conveniently fasten and connect a hard disk to a motherboard or an interface card.
  • The hard disk adapter of the conventional computer chassis comprises a body in which a receiving space is formed. The body has a connector for connecting a hard disk to a motherboard or an interface card. However, when in need of using an eSATA peripheral such as another hard disk or a CD-ROM drive, the eSATA can only be connected to the motherboard or the interface card. Thus, when using the conventional computer chassis, it is extremely inconvenient to connect an eSATA peripheral.
  • To overcome the shortcomings, the present invention provides a computer chassis to mitigate or obviate the aforementioned problems.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The main objective of the invention is to provide a computer chassis.
  • The computer chassis in accordance with the present invention has a body, a connector, an opening, a plug-in slot and an eSATA connector.
  • The body has a panel and a receiving space. The connector is attached to the body and located in the receiving space. The opening is formed on the panel and communicates with the receiving space. The plug-in slot is formed on the panel beside the opening. The eSATA connector has a receiving end mounted to the plug-in slot.
  • With the above-described structure, the computer chassis is capable of conveniently connecting a hard disk and providing an available connection for an eSATA peripheral.
  • Other objectives, advantages and novel features of the invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a computer chassis in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a computer chassis in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a hard disk adapter of a computer chassis in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 4 is an exploded perspective view of a hard disk adapter of the computer chassis in FIG. 1.
  • FIG. 5 is a partial exploded perspective view of a hard disk adapter of the computer chassis in FIG. 1.
  • FIG. 6 is a top view in partial section of a hard disk adapter of the computer chassis in FIG. 1, wherein the fastening protrusion protrudes into the receiving space.
  • FIG. 7 is a top view in partial section of a hard disk adapter of the computer chassis in FIG. 1, wherein the fastening protrusion retracts from the receiving space.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • With reference to FIGS. 1-3, a computer chassis in accordance with the present invention comprises a body (10), a hard disk adapter (20) and an eSATA connector (60).
  • The body (10) is used for assemble computer parts such as central processing unit, a motherboard, an interface card(s), a power supply, connection cables, a fan(s), a buzzer and a data storage peripheral(s). The data storage peripheral, which may be a hard disk or a CD-ROM drive, is connected to the motherboard or the interface card with connection ports thereon. An eSATA connection port of the motherboard or the interface card is suitable for connecting a hard disk or a CD-drive. The body (10) may be decorated with paintings or printed patterns suitable for marketing selling promotion and may comprise a top cover (12), front cover (13) and side covers (14). It is also preferred that the body (10) further comprises at least one driver covers (11, 11A) for an aesthetic appearance.
  • With reference to FIGS. 4 and 5, the hard disk adapter (20) of the computer chassis in accordance with the present invention comprises a panel (22), a receiving space (21), a connector (30) and an opening (40).
  • The panel (22) allows easy access to the hard disk adapter of the computer chassis in accordance with the present invention. A plug-in slot (50) is formed on the panel (22). The connector (30) is attached to the hard disk adapter (20) and located in the receiving space (21) for connecting a hard disk received in the receiving space (21) to a processing unit of a motherboard or that of an interface card. The element for connecting the hard disk and such a processing unit is well known and the description thereof is omitted in this specification.
  • The opening (40) is formed on the panel (22), communicates with the receiving space (21) and allowing a hard disk to be inserted therethrough into the receiving space (21).
  • The plug-in slot (50) is formed on the panel (22) beside the opening (40).
  • The eSATA connector (60), which may be an eSATA cable, comprises a receiving end mounted to the plug-in slot (50) and a connecting end (62). The eSATA connector (60) connects an eSATA peripheral to an eSATA processing unit allowing information exchanging and signal processing therebetween. The eSATA peripheral is plugged to the plug-in slot (50) and connected to the receiving end of the eSATA connector (60), while the eSATA processing unit is connected to the connecting end (62) of the eSATA connector.
  • For easy mounting and removing the hard disk, the computer chassis may further comprise a fastening device (70) and a switch (80). The fastening device (70) is attached to the hard disk adapter (20) for fastening the hard disk in the receiving space (21). The switch (80) is operably mounted on the panel (22) for controlling the fastening device (70).
  • With reference to FIGS. 6 and 7, the fastening device (70) may comprise a holder (71), a slider (72) and a fastening member (73).
  • The holder (71) comprises a fore end, a rear end, a top edge, a bottom edge, an external surface and an internal surface, wherein the fore end points to the panel (22), the rear end points away from the panel (22) and the internal surface faces the receiving space (21). The holder (71) further has a fastening hole (711), a fore stop (712) and a rear stop (713).
  • The fastening hole (711) communicates with the receiving space (21) and is formed on the holder (71). The fore stop (712) is attached to the external surface of the holder (71) ahead the fastening hole (711). The rear stop (713) is attached to the external surface of the holder (71) behind the fastening hole (711). The slider (72) is mounted to the external surface of the holder (71). The slider (72) is capable of sliding in a back-and-forth direction and has a mounting slot (721) and at least one oblique slot (723).
  • The mounting slot (721) is mounted around the fore stop (712) and the rear stop (713), is formed in the slider (72) and comprises a slot wall (722).
  • The at least one oblique slot (723) is located between the fore stop (712) and the rear stop (713) and is formed in the slot wall (722) of the mounting slot (721) along a direction of rear-internal to fore-external. In a preferred embodiment, two oblique slots (723) align with each other are respectively formed on an upper side and a lower side of the slot wall (722).
  • The fastening member (73) is in-and-out slidably mounted between the fore stop (712) and the rear stop (713) and comprises an inner surface, a fastening protrusion (731), a fastening slope (732) and at least one cylinder (733). The inner surface faces the fastening hole (711).
  • The fastening protrusion (731) is attached to the inner surface of the fastening member (73) and selectively inserted in the fastening hole (711) from the external surface to the internal surface of the holder (71) and comprises a distal end. The fastening slope (732) is formed on the distal end of the fastening protrusion (731) and faces the opening (40).
  • When a hard disk is inserted through the opening (40) into the receiving space (21), the hard disk presses against the fastening slope (732) and thus forces the fastening protrusion (731) to retract into the fastening hole (711) from the receiving space (21). When the hard disk reaches a position allowing a threaded hole of the hard disk to align with the fastening hole (711), the fastening protrusion (731) protrudes from the fastening hole (711) into the threaded hole to hold the hard disk in the receiving space (21).
  • At least one cylinder (733) is formed on the fastening member (73). The at least one cylinder (733) is slidably mounted in the at least one oblique slot (723) respectively. When two oblique slots (723) are respectively formed in the upper side and lower side of the slot wall (722) as described above, it is preferred that two cylinders (733) are formed on the fastening member (73) and respectively mounted in the two oblique slots (723).
  • The switch (80) is a button extending from the slider (72) and protruding forwards from the panel (22) operably defined on the panel (22) for controlling the fastening device (70). To remove the hard disk from the receiving space (21), the switch (80) is pressed and the slider (72) is forced to slide rearwards. The at least cylinder (733) then slides outwards along the at least one oblique slot (723) so that the fastening protrusion (731) retracts from the threaded hole of the hard disk and make the hard disk removable.
  • For more convenient operation, the fastening device (70) further comprises a resilient element (74) pushing the slider (72) forwards and mounted between the fore stop (712) and the slot wall (722) of the mounting slot (721). The resilient element (74) may be a spring. Pushed by the resilient element (74), the slider (72) tends to slide forwards. Thus the at least one cylinder (733) tend to slide inwards along the at least one oblique slot (723). As a result, the fastening protrusion (731) is constantly inserted in the thread hole of the hard disk to hole the hard disk in the receiving space (21). In another aspect of the function of the resilient element (74), when the hard disk is removed, the resilient element (74) pushes the slider (72) forwards and allows the switch (80) to return to a standby state for next usage.
  • As described above, inserting a hard disk and removing the hard disk are primary operations of the computer chassis in accordance with the present invention. The computer chassis in accordance with the present invention may further comprises a contact (90) attached to the external surface of the holder (71) and abutting a rear end of the slider (72). When the switch (80) is pressed and forces the slider (72) to slide rearwards and hit the contact (90), the contact (90) returns a tactual feedback to the user through the slider (72) and the switch (80). By feeling the tactual feedback, the user will clearly and surely confirm that the switch (80) has been pressed to a proper extent and releases the switch (80).
  • The contact (90) may comprise a contact member (91), a contact resilient element (92) and a contact protrusion (93). The contact resilient element (92) is mounted within the contact member (91). The contact protrusion (93) is pushed by the contact resilient element (92) and protrudes out from the contact member (91) towards the rear end of the slider (72). The slider (72) slides rearwards and hits the contact protrusion (93), the hard disk is nearly released from the fastening protrusion. By continuing pressing the switch (80) and forcing the slider (72) to slide rearwards, the contact protrusion (93) pushed by the contact resilient element (92) provides an increasing feedback force to the slider (72). The user detecting the tactual feedback will be aware of the coming release of the hard disk and tends to operate the computer chassis in accordance with the present invention more carefully.
  • After the hard disk is removed, the contact (90) pushes the slider (72) together with the aforementioned resilient element (74) and allows the switch (80) to return to a standby state, which provides improved convenience.
  • The fastening device (70) may further comprise an upper stop (75) and a lower stop (76). The upper stop (75) is attached to the external surface of the holder (71) above the fastening hole (711) for limiting the slider (72). The lower stop (76) is attached to the external surface of the holder (71) below the fastening hole (711) for limiting the slider (72). Limited by the upper stop (75) and the lower stop (76), the slider (72) slides more smooth without wobbling.
  • To allow the fastening member (73) to slide more smoothly, the rear stop (713) may comprise a fore surface and a rail (714) while the fastening member (73) may further comprise a rib (734). The fore surface of the rear stop (713) faces the fore stop (712). The rail (714) is attached to the fore surface of the rear stop (713). The rib (734) fits to the rail (714).
  • With the above-described structure, the computer chassis is capable of conveniently connecting a hard disk and providing an available connection for an eSATA peripheral.
  • Even though numerous characteristics and advantages of the present invention have been set forth in the foregoing description, together with details of the structure and features of the invention, the disclosure is illustrative only. Changes may be made in the details, especially in matters of shape, size, and arrangement of parts within the principles of the invention to the full extent indicated by the broad general meaning of the terms in which the appended claims are expressed.

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  1. 1. A computer chassis comprising
    a hard disk adapter comprising
    a panel; and
    a receiving space;
    a connector attached to the hard disk adapter and located in the receiving space;
    an opening formed on the panel and communicating with the receiving space;
    a plug-in slot formed on the panel besides the opening;
    an eSATA connector comprising
    a receiving end mounted to the plug-in slot; and
    a connecting end;
    a fastening device attached to the hard disk adapter for fastening a hard disk in the receiving space, wherein the fastening device comprises
    a holder comprising
    a fore end pointing to the panel;
    a rear end pointing away from the panel;
    a top edge;
    a bottom edge,
    an external surface; and
    an internal surface facing the receiving space;
    a fastening hole formed on the holder and communicating with the receiving space;
    a fore stop attached to the external surface of the holder ahead the fastening hole;
    a rear stop attached to the external surface of the holder behind the fastening hole;
    a slider back-and-forth slidably mounted to the external surface of the holder;
    a mounting slot formed in the slider, mounted around the fore stop and the rear stop and comprising a slot wall;
    at least one oblique slot formed in the slot wall of the mounting slot along a direction of rear-internal to fore-external and located between the fore stop and the rear stop;
    a fastening member in-and-out slidably mounted between the fore stop and the rear stop and comprising a inner surface facing the fastening hole;
    a fastening protrusion attached to the inner surface of the fastening member and selectively inserted in the fastening hole from the external surface to the internal surface of the holder and comprising a distal end;
    a fastening slope formed on the distal end of the fastening protrusion and facing the opening; and
    at least one cylinder formed on the fastening member and slidably mounted in the at least one oblique slot respectively; and
    a switch being a button extending from the slider and protruding forwards from the panel operably defined on the panel for controlling the fastening device.
  2. 2. (canceled)
  3. 3. (canceled)
  4. 4. The computer chassis as claimed in claim 1, wherein
    the fastening device further comprises a resilient element mounted between the fore stop and the slot wall of the mounting slot for pushing the slider forwards.
  5. 5. The computer chassis as claimed in claim 4, wherein the resilient element is a spring.
  6. 6. The computer chassis as claimed in claim 1, wherein the fastening device further comprises
    an upper stop attached to the external surface of the holder above the fastening hole for limiting the slider; and
    a lower stop attached to the external surface of the holder below the fastening hole for limiting the slider.
  7. 7. The computer chassis as claimed in claim 1, wherein
    the rear stop comprises
    a fore surface facing the fore stop; and
    a rail attached to the fore surface of the rear stop for smoothen a sliding motion of the fastening member; and
    the fastening member further comprises a rib fitting to the rail.
  8. 8. The computer chassis as claimed in claim 6, wherein
    the rear stop comprises a fore surface facing the fore stop; and
    the computer chassis further comprises
    a rail attached to the fore surface of the rear stop for smoothening a sliding motion of the fastening member.
  9. 9. The computer chassis as claimed in claim 1, further comprising
    a contact attached to the external surface of the holder and abutting a rear end of the slider.
  10. 10. The computer chassis as claimed in claim 9, wherein
    the contact comprises
    a contact member;
    a contact resilient element mounted within the contact member; and
    a contact protrusion pushed by the contact resilient element and protruding out from the contact member towards the rear end of the slider.
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