Ruby Cipher ExDrive for SATA HDDs with eSATA or USB External Connection

The Ruby Cipher ExDrive Kit (RCED) features the new generation of eSATA hard drive enclosures with the 256-bit AES hard encryption to ensure absolute data security should the drive get stolen or lost. The crypto engine inside the Ruby Cipher enclosure handles all the encryption and decryption on the fly with no detectable performance degradation on data transfer. Using native eSATA interface, the Ruby Cipher ExDrive supports the highest performance possible today through an externally connected hard drive enclosure.

The RCED features the new generation of eSATA hard drive enclosures using native eSATA interface for the highest performance possible today through an externally connected hard drive enclosure. Designed for accommodating any standard 2.5" SATA or SATA II or SATA III hard drive, the RCED provides data transfer speeds approximately three times the maximum throughput of traditional drive enclosures utilizing the standard USB or Firewire interfaces. When connected via eSATA interface, drives contained inside the durable and heat resistant Ruby Cipher enclosures are even capable of booting Operating Systems through a compatible eSATA port on a motherboard or add-in card. The shock absorption technology in the drive enclosure together with a rugged anodized housing also provides strong protection to the hard drive against and vibration.

The RCED is the ideal external drive solution for large capacity data storage requirements. When connected to Host Controllers with RAID capability, multiple Ruby Cipher enclosures can be implemented with fault-tolerance and increased data throughput RAID configurations. The Ruby Cipher enclosure, small enough to fit easily in the palm of your hand, is designed to handle shocks and perform reliably in mobile application or rough environment with a patented shock proof rugged anodized aluminum housing. The Ruby Cipher drive enclosure comes with Addonics SATA direct interface design that provides an eSATA connector for high speed eSATA interface, as well as an additional SATA connector on the back. This SATA connector allows the Ruby Cipher drive enclosure to be used as a removable cartridge via an optional Ruby Cipher drive cradle installed inside the 3 1/2" drive bay of any computer.

Encryption features (for Ruby Cipher only)

  • Full disk encryption via a hardware-based NIST and CSE certified cryptographic AES engine
  • FIPS 140-2 certified Crypto Module listed in NIST
  • High performance - Data is encrypted and decrypted on the fly by a certified cryptographic engine inside an ASIC without taking any CPU resources
  • Encryption / Decryption via a hardware key , just like using a regular key to open a door.
    To enable the encryption and access the drive, simply the Cipher key into the keyhole of the Ruby Cipher enclosure prior to turning on the power.
  • Simple to deploy with no training required, no software to install and no password to remember
  • Platform independency - There is no software or driver to install to use Addonics encryption products. As a result, it can be deployed in any systems running any OS. This is important in organization with multi platform computing and legacy systems

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 1.5Gbps or SATA 3.0Gbps hard drive with height of 10 mm or less
  • Compatible with 2.5" SATA SSD or Addonics SATA CF hard disk adapter (ADSAHDCF)
  • eSATA connector for external eSATA connection
  • Optional USB 3.0 to eSATAp adapter for USB 3.0 connection.
  • Regular SATA connector for use as an internal hot-swap removable hard drive in a 3 1/2 " drive bay with optional Ruby Cipher 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
Encrpytion type 256-bit AES hardware encryption via a hardware-based NIST and CSE certified cryptographic AES engine
Material construction Rugged anodized aluminum
Supported Drive Type
  • 2.5" SATA 1.5Gbps or 3Gbps hard drive
  • 2.5" SDD with SATA interface
Supported Interface for Drive Cradle
  • Ruby SATA Drive Cradle
  • Ruby IDE Drive Cradle
  • Ruby USB 2.0/1.1Drive Cradle
  • Ruby SCSI LVD160 Drive Cradle
Supported interface for Drive Enclosure eSATA, USB 3.0 (with optional USB 3.0 - 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 (andgt80 G) 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

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, Vista, Windows 7, 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, Vista, Windows 7, 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



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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