Disk storage drive

  • US 5,777,822 A
  • Filed: 06/02/1995
  • Issued: 07/07/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/05/1980
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A disk storage device, comprising in combination:

  • a housing which surrounds a clean room;

    a support member integral with said housing;

    at least one rigid storage disk having a central opening;

    at least one read/write head mounted on said housing for movement in operative relation to said at least one disk within said clean room; and

    a brushless direct current motor for moving said at least one disk in operative relation to said at least one read/write head to allow information to be stored on and retrieved from said at least one disk, said motor including a stator, a bearing and shaft assembly which includes a shaft aligned on a disk rotation axis and bearings affixed to said shaft, and a rotor supported on said bearing and shaft assembly for rotation about said disk rotation axis, said rotor being separated from said stator by a circular cylindrical air gap, the rotor including an operatively-engaged disk-support member extending through the central opening of the at least one disk to mount said at least one disk for rotation about the disk rotation axis in the clean room, said motor being mounted on said support member concentric with said disk rotation axis wherein said at least one disk, said disk support member, and said motor are positioned on the same side of said support member and said rotor is formed to cooperate with a portion of said housing to substantially enclose said stator and said air gap to minimize the transfer of contaminants from said stator and said bearings into said clean room.

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