Cipher Z Enclosure

Discontinued and replaced by Sapphire Cipher External Drive Cartridge 


Integrated with the CipherChain-ES, the Z drive enclosure turns any 3.5" or 2.5" hard drive into an external eSATA hard drive with AES 256-bit encryption. By attaching an optional USB 3.0 - eSATA adapter, the Cipher Z drive enclosure can also connect to the latest USB 3.0 port or the ubiquitous USB 2.0 port commonly found on many computer systems.

Connecting Cipher Z Drive enclosure to Desktop or Notebook via eSATA or USB 3.0


Simple hard drive installation

Simple to use
Similar to all other Addonics encryption products, the Cipher Z enclosure is a pure hardware solution. This means that there is no software to run, no driver to install and no password to remember. There is very little user training required to use the Cipher Z drive enclosure. All the user needs to do is use the correct Cipher key on the drive enclosure before turning on the power. The Cipher Z drive enclosure can be operated under any operating system. It is the ideal security solution for organizations with heterogeneous computing environments and legacy systems.

The Cipher Z drive enclosure is equipped with the CipherChain ES which is a full disk encryption solution. This means that the boot sector, partition table and all the information on the drive is encrypted. If the Cipher Z drive enclosure is stolen, the SATA drive removed from the enclosure and connected to a computer, the drive will appear as a brand new drive with no traces of data. The AES 256-bit encryption provided by the CipherChain ES is considered the highest level of encryption standards, secure enough to protect classified information designated as "Top Secret."

Inside the Cipher Z drive enclosure, data stored in the hard drive is encrypted and decrypted on the fly using a FIPS certified AES 256-bit crypto engine. Unlike software encryption products which depend on the system CPU to encrypt and decrypt the data, the encryption in the Cipher Z drive enclosure has no impact to CPU utilization. This leaves the system CPU to perform all its computing task at normal speed. There is also no measurable impact to the performance on the hard drive.

Cipher key
The AES 256-bit Cipher key used for the encryption/decryption in the Cipher Z drive enclosure is the same Cipher key as used in the Addonics Diamond Cipher drive kit, Ruby Cipher drive kit, CipherChain and CipherChain-ES. As a result, you can share the same encryption key to operate on the storage device that has been encrypted by either the CipherChain, Diamond Cipher or Ruby Cipher drive kit. You may also order Cipher keys with the same key codes when you order multiple Cipher Z drive enclosures or Cipher keys. You may also re-programmed the Cipher keys to other codes using the optional key management system or sending the keys to Addonics for the re-programming service at no charge.

  • Install any SATA I / II / III 3.5" or 2.5" hard drive / SSD
  • Choice of model with eSATA or eSATA plus USB 3.0 connections
  • FIPS 140-2 certified Crypto Module listed in NIST
  • Full disk encryption. No traceable data when the encrypted drive is connected to any system.
  • Simple to use - no software to run or any password to remember
  • No training required. Encryption / Decryption via a hardware key , just like using a regular key to open a door.
  • Maximum performance - up to 150 MB/sec
  • Install any IDE hard drives with optional Addonics IDE - SATA converter.
  • OS independent - can be used on any system

Note on Cipher key code
Each Cipher Z drive enclosure comes with a pair of Cipher keys have a unique key code. When ordering multiple Cipher Z drive enclosure and you can request to have all the keys be set to the same key code by leaving instructions at the final checkout when placing the order at our online store. Customers may also e-mail the instructions with reference to the sales order number after final checkout. When ordering from an Addonics reseller or distributor, be sure to let the reseller know how you want the keys to be coded when placing the order. Keys can be sent back to Addonics at any time if re-coding is desired. There is no charge for re-coding keys, the only charge is the return shipping of the newly re-coded keys.

  • Onboard AES 256-bit crypto engine
  • SATA I / II / III compliant
  • Connectorson back of unit:
    • eSATA
    • Cipher key socket
    • mini DIN 6 power input jack
  • LEDs:
    • in the front: green for power
    • in the rear - green for presence of Cipher code, yellow for drive activity
  • RESET at the back: To clear cipher key code and reset the CipherChain. This also remove the drive icon when the storage device is removed from the Cipher Z enclosure connecting to hot swappable eSATA port.
  • Maximum throughput - 150 MB/sec
  • Dimension: 10.16 x 6.61 x 2.4 in (258 x 168 x 60 mm)
  • Weight: 2.27lb (1029 grams)
  • Operating temperature and humidity: 0 °C to + 70 °C, 5% - 95% (non condensing)
  • Storage temperature and humidity: -40 °C to + 85 °C, 5% - 90% humidity



AACSYSU2 (Cipher key management system)
AACSYSU2 Addonics Cipher key duplication and management system. Use as stand alone key duplicator or for generating key codes for the Cipher key.
Price: 699.00
CKEYEX6 (Cipher key extension cable, 6 feet)
6 feet Cipher key extension cable. Can be used to connect the Cipher key 6 feet from the CipherChain or any Addonics Cipher drive enclosure
Price: 17.95
AAENKEY256 (1 AES 256-bit Cipher key)
Content: 1 piece of AES-256-bit encryption key
Price: 9.00
Cipher Z-Drive Enclosure
Applies to: ZESAES256, ZSAES256EU

FIPS certified AES 256-bit Encrypted Drive Enclosure with eSATA / USB 3.0