Ruby Drive Cartridge System

Discontinued and replaced by Ruby II Drive Cartridge System

 

 

              

The Ruby Drive Cartridge System (RDCS) is designed to enable any 2.5" SATA hard drive to be used like a tape cartridge via the standard 3 1/2" drive bay of any computer. You can swap hard drives in and out of your computer without restarting your system. Instead of a slow tape cartridge, you enjoy the fast performance of the SATA hard drive. With an optional external power adapter, the RDCS can also be installed externally for different types of applications. Once the OS detects the presence of the RDCS 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.

The Ruby cartridge, small enough to fit easily in the palm of your hand, is designed to handle shocks and perform reliably in mobile applications or rough environments with a patented shock proof rugged anodized aluminum housing. The Ruby drive enclosure comes with both an eSATA and SATA connector. The eSATA connector allows the Ruby 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 Ruby drive enclosure to be used as a removable cartridge in the Ruby drive cradle installed inside the 3 1/2" drive bay on any computer. The Ruby drive enclosure can also be attached to the USB port of any computer with an optional USB 3.0 - eSATAp adapter.

Coming with a built in Addonics SATA direct bridge interface, the Ruby drive enclosure allows the SATA hard drive to appear as a direct connection to the host both in eSATA mode or SATA mode while at the same time isolating the SATA hard drive power and data connectors from the wears and tears incurred in some of the removable SATA hard drive system.

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

Both the new Ruby 6G drive enclosure and 6G drive cradles support full 6G data transfer to ensure maximum and stable connectivity of the lastest 6G SATA III hard drive.

 

Drive Enclosure features

  • Stylish and rugged black anodized aluminum
  • Compact size - fits inside a pocket
  • Light weight
  • Shock proof - up to 3 feet damage protection for the hard drive
  • Compatible with any 2.5" SATA I, II or III hard drive or SSD with height of 9.5 mm or less
  • Support SATA III, 6Gbps or SATA 3Gbps speed. To connect SATA 6G drive to 6G SATA port, using the 6G Ruby enclosure (RSACSB6G) and 6G Ruby drive cradle (RSABYB6G) may be required on some systems in order to have stable drive connection. The 6G Ruby enclosure also ensures maximum data transfer rate
  • eSATA connector for external eSATA connection
  • Optional eSATAp - USB 3.0 Adapter to connect through USB 3.0/2.0 connection
  • Regular SATA connector for use as an internal hot-swap removable hard drive in a 5 1/4" drive bay with optional Ruby Drive Cradle
  • Hard drive connectors are isolated by a SATA direct bridge from wear and tear in removable drive application
  • Support large hard drive beyond 137G with single partition.
  • No interface cabling between drive and enclosure for reliable connection.
  • LED for both power and drive access
  • OS support in external hard drive mode
    • eSATA - DOS, Windows 95, NT(SP6), 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Mac, Linux and Solaris
    • USB - Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Mac, Linux and Solaris

Drive Cradle features

  • Mount inside any standard 3 1/2" drive bay
  • Direct SATA interface or USB 3.0/2.0 interface
  • Choice of drive cradle to support SATA 6Gbps or SATA 3Gbps speed. To connect SATA 6G drive to 6G SATA port, using the 6G Ruby drive cradle (RSABYB6G) and 6G Ruby enclosure (RSACSB6G) may be required on some systems in order to have stable drive connection. The 6G Ruby drive cradle also ensures maximum data transfer rate 
  • 4-pin Molex and 15-pin SATA power connector
  • OS support in internal hard drive model
    • SATA - DOS, Windows 95, NT(SP6), 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Mac, Linux and Solaris
    • USB - Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Mac, Linux and Solaris

*Note: The Ruby 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.

 

Material construction Rugged anodized aluminum
Supported Drive Type

Ruby 6G enclosure (RSACSB6G)* - Support SATA 1, 2 and 3 HDD/SSD
Ruby 3G enclosure (RSACSB) - Support SATA 1 and 2 HDD/SSD (discontinued)

Supported Interface for Drive Cradle
  • Ruby SATA Drive Cradle*
    • RSABYB6G - Support maximum SATA 6 Gbps
    • RSABYB - Support maximum SATA 3Gbps
  • Ruby USB 3.0/2.0 Drive Cradle - support USB SuperSpeed 5Gbps
Supported interface for Drive Enclosure eSATA, USB 2.0 (with optional USB 2.0 - eSATA Adapter)
Large hard drive support YES
Power source: External application: USB port* or 110/220 AC/DC 5V power adapter
Internal application: 15-pin SATA or 4-pin Molex power from PC power supply

* power from USB port varies from among different computers and hardware configuration. Large capacity hard drive may also require more power. As a result, USB power on certain system may not be adequate to power the hard drive. In such cas, an external power adapter will be the only option
Dimensions:

Drive enclosure: 3.27 x 5.87 x .83 in. (83 x 149 x 21 mm.)
Drive Cradle: 4.02 x 7.15 x 1 in. (102 x 182 x 25 mm.)

Weight: 7.3 oz (enclosure without hard drive)
5.6 oz (drive cradle)
File Systems: FAT, FAT32, NTFS and HPFS
Supported OS
  • USB 2.0/1.1 - DOS, Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, 2003, Mac OS X, Linux Kernel 2.4 and above, Solaris 8 10/00 or later release.
  • SATA - DOS, Windows NT4(SP6), 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, 2003, Mac OS X, Linux Kernel 2.4 and above*

*Windows and Mac OS have been tested to hot swap drives using our SATA Host Controllers. Linux may not be able to hot swap without loading an additional module.

Warranty: One Year

 

*To connect SATA 6G drive to 6G SATA port, using the 6G Ruby enclosure (RSACSB6G) and 6G Ruby drive cradle (RSABYB6G) may be required on some systems in order to have stable drive connection.

 

 

System Requirements

  • PC/AT or Compatible System
  • One available 3 1/2" drive bay or one of the following ports: USB 2.0, USB 1.1, eSATA
  • 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

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