Diamond Drive Cartridge System

The Diamond Drive Cartridge System (DDCS) is designed to enable any SATA or IDE hard drive to be use like a tape cartridge via the standard 5 1/4" drive bay on any computer. You can swap hard drives in and out of your computer without restarting your system. With an optional external power adapter, the DDCS can also be installed externally for different types of applications. Once the OS detects the presence of the DDCS enclosure (cartridge), it appears as an additional hard drive to the system. There is no driver to install or special software required to do data backup or restoration. Data is stored uncompressed in its own native file format and can be accessed readily by any application program. (For more detail on drive cartridge system, please visit the following tutorial page. )

Constructed in heavy gauge aluminum with precision finish for smooth operation, the DDCS is built to last while at the same time providing excellent heat dissipation for the hard drive. With the size slightly larger than a VCR cassette, the Diamond drive enclosure comes with both an eSATA and SATA connector. The eSATA connector allows the Diamond drive enclosure to be used as an external eSATA hard drive using a standard eSATA cable and an optional power adapter. The SATA connector allows the Diamond drive enclosure to be used as a removable cartridge in the Diamond drive cradle installed inside the 5 1/4" drive bay of any computer. The Diamond drive enclosure can also be attached to the USB port of any computer with an optional USB - eSATA adapter.

Comes built in with the Addonics SATA direct bridge interface, the Diamond drive enclosure allows the SATA or IDE hard drive to appear as a direct connection to the host both in eSATA or SATA mode while at the same time isolates the SATA hard drive power and data connectors from the wears and tears incurred in some of the removable SATA hard drive system. 2.5" SATA or IDE hard drive can also be installed into the Diamond drive enclosure using the optional 2.5" hard drive mounting bracket.

The Diamond drive cradle, equipped with both standard 4P and SATA 15 -pin power connectors, has integrated SATA connector for direct connection to SATA port oo any system. By attaching different IO converters, the Diamond drive cradle can also be interfaced to IDE, USB or SCSI port.

Drive enclosures features

  • eSATA connector for external eSATA connection
  • Can attach to USB port using optional USB - eSATA adapter
  • Regular SATA connector for use as a hot swap removable hard drive via the Diamond Drive Cradles installed in a 5 1/4" drive bay
  • Choice of SATA or IDE hard drive enclosures
  • Hard drive connectors are isolated by a Direct SATA bridge from wear and tear in removable drive application
  • Support SATA I, II or III and full SATA 3.0 speed of 6 Gbps
  • Support large hard drive beyond 137G with single partition.
  • No interface cabling between drive and enclosure for reliable connection.
  • No switch to set between internal and external hard drive application
  • Compact size for easy transportation - slightly larger than a VCR cassette
  • Sturdy aluminum body for use in rough environments
  • Well ventilated design, good heat conduction without fan for quiet operation
  • LED for both power and drive access
  • Optional cooling fan available
  • Simple hard drive installation
  • Optional 2.5"/1.8" converter kit

Drive Cradle

  • Mount inside any standard 5 1/4" drive bay
  • Aluminum construction for effective heat dissipation inside any system
  • Choice of SATA or USB 3.0 interface
  • Support full SATA 3.0 speed of 6 Gbps when connects to SATA 3.0 port
  • 4-pin Molex and 15-pin SATA power connector
  • Drive Cradle keylock to secure Drive Enclosure and power on the drive
  • Drive Cradle LED can be set to come from hard drive or from controller
  • LED for both power and drive access
  • OS support
    • SATA - DOS, Windows 95, NT(SP6), 98SE, Me, 2007 and above, XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, Mac, Linux and Solaris
    • USB - Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 and above, XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, Mac, Linux and solaris

*Note: The Diamond Drive Cartridge System with the SATA interface must be connected to a SATA controller with hot swap capability in order to add and remove drive cartridge without rebooting. Please consult your motherboard or the add-in card manufacturer to determine hot swap support on your SATA controller. All of the Addonics SATA Host Controllers are hot swap capable.

Supported Drive Type
3.5" SATA I, II or III or IDE hard drive
Supported Interface for Drive Cradle

SATA (IDE, USB, or SCSI with optional converter boards)

Supported interface for Drive Enclosure eSATA (USB with optional adapter) for external connection and SATA for internal connection via Diamond drive cradle
Maximum transfer rate SATA - 6 Gbps
USB 3.0 - 5 Gbps
LVD160 - 640 Mbps 
Maximum drive size > 4TB
Power source Internal Drive Cartridge System - from PC power supply
External Drive Cartridge System - from 110/220 power adapter
Cooling fan Optional for drive enclosure
LED indicators For power and drive access on drive enclosure and drive cradle
Material construction Aluminum
Supported OS
  • USB 2.0 - DOS, Windows 2000 and above, XP, 7, 8, Mac OS X, Linux Kernel 2.4 and above, Solaris 8 10/00 or later release.
  • SATA - DOS, Windows NT4(SP6), 98SE, Me, 2000 and above, XP, 7, 8, Mac OS X, Linux Kernel 2.4 and above
Dimensions

Drive enclosure: 8.19 x 4.57 x 1.46 in. (208 x 116 x 37 mm.)
Drive Cradle: 8.93 x 5.75 x 1.61 in. (227 x 146 x 41 mm.)

Weight 13.6 oz (enclosure without hard drive)
15.2 oz (drive cradle)
File Systems FAT, FAT32, NTFS and HPFS
Operating temperature: 0 °C to +70 °C
Operating humidity 5% to 90%
Storage temperature -40 °C to +85 °C
Storage humidity 5% to 95% (non condensing)
Warranty: One Year
RoHS compliant Yes

 

 

System Requirements

  • PC/AT or Compatible System
  • One available 5 1/4" drive bay or one of the following ports: SATA, eSATA, USB 2.0 and USB 1.1
  • Pentium or greater
  • Minimum 32 MB RAM
  • 10 MB minimum free hard disk space
  • One of the following operating systems: DOS, Windows NT(SP6), Windows 98SE / 2000, 2003, Me, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS, Linux, Solaris

PRODUCTS

DDCSSAS - (Diamond DCS for SATA hdd, SATA interface)
Package content: Diamond SATA Drive Enclosure (DSACSB), Diamond SATA Drive Cradle (DSABYB), 18" SATA data cable (AASAIDC18I), user guide.
Price: 49.00
DDCSSAU - (Diamond DCS for SATA hdd, USB 3.0/2.0 interface)
Package content: Diamond SATA drive enclosure (DSACAB), Diamond drive cradle with USB 3.0/2.0 interface (DSABYUB), 3-foot USB 3.0 type A to 5-pin header cable, user guide.
Price: 65.00
DDCSIS - (Diamond DCS for IDE hdd, SATA interface)
Package content: Diamond IDE drive enclosure (DICSB), Diamond drive cradle with SATA interface (DSABYB), 18" SATA cable (AASAIDC18I), user guide.
Price: 62.00
DDCSIU - (Diamond DCS for IDE hdd, USB interface)
Package content: Diamond IDE drive enclosure (DICSB), Diamond drive cradle with USB 3.0/2.0 interface (DSABYUB), 3-foot USB 3.0 type A to 5-pin header cable, user guide.
Price: 79.00

ACCESSORIES

DSACSB (Diamond encl. for 3.5" SATA hdd, black)
DSACSB Diamond enclosure for 3.5" SATA hard drive (black)
Price: 24.99
DICSB (Diamond encl. for 3.5" IDE hdd, black)
DICSB Diamond enclosure for 3.5" IDE hard drive (black)
Price: 39.00
DSABYB (Diamond SATA drive cradle, black)
DSABYB Diamond drive cradle with native SATA interface
Price: 29.00
DSABYUB (Diamond drive cradle, USB 2.0 interface)
DSABYUB Diamond drive cradle with USB 2.0 interface. Black color bezel
Price: 46.00
AASAIDC18I (18" internal SATA data cable)
AASAIDC18I 18" internal Serial ATA data cable. Good for connecting any SATA device to Serial ATA controller.
Price: 3.00