Ruby ExDrive

Discontinued and replaced by Ruby II ExDrive

The Ruby ExDrive Kit features the new generation of eSATA hard drive enclosures using native eSATA interface for the highest possible performance. The Ruby drive enclosure, small enough to fit easily in the palm of your hand, is designed to protect your hard drive against rough handling and vibration with a light weight cast aluminum housing and patented drive cushion to absorb shock up to a 3 foot drop. The Ruby drive enclosure incorporates the SATA direct interface design that provides an eSATA connector for high speed eSATA interface, as well as an additional SATA connector for using as a removable drive cartridge via an optional Ruby drive cradle installed inside a 3.5" drive bay of any computer.

Designed for accommodating any 2.5" SATA hard drive up to 9.5mm height, the Ruby ExDrive can connect to any system via eSATA, eSATAp (eSATA USB combo port) or USB 3.0 interface. Cable options are available to enable the Ruby ExDrive to be powered directly from eSATAp or USB port. With the new 6G drive enclosure, the Ruby ExDrive supports reliable connection of any 6G SATA III hard drive and ensures maximum data throuput. Drives contained inside the durable and heat-resistant Ruby enclosure is even capable of booting Operating Systems through an eSATA port on a motherboard or add-in card.

Anatomy of the Ruby drive enclosure

The Ruby ExDrive kit can connect to standard eSATA port, eSATA / USB hybrid port (EUHP) that appears on many new Notebook systems, USB 3.0 or 2.0 port using an optional USB 3.0 - eSATAp adapter. Depending on the implementation by the Notebook manufacturer, the eSATA performance can be as fast as 6 Giga bits per sec, almost 15 times the speed of USB 2.0.

Power and data via a single eSATA cable (power over eSATA)
By connecting to the eSATA / USB hybrid port (EUHP) with the Addonics eSATAp cable, the Ruby ExDrive can be powered directly from the Notebook with high speed eSATA connection - a combination of portability and fast drive performance similar to an internal hard drive. The Ruby ExDrive can also be powered directly from USB port when using the Addonics eSATAp cable in conjunction with the USB3.0 - eSATAp adapter.

  • Connection options and summary

    connecting port
    maximum throughput
    power and data over one cable
    bootable externally
    optional adapter
    eSATA USB Hybrid port (EUHP)

    eSATA III - 6 Gbps

    Yes, using the bundled Addonics universal eSATAp cable Yes No
    eSATA port eSATA III - 6 Gbps No, require separate USB power cable or power adapter Yes No
    USB 3.0 port 5 Gbps Yes, using the bundled Addonics universal eSATAp cable Depending on OS and system BIOS support Yes, requires Addonics USB 3.0 - eSATA adapter
    USB 2.0 port 0.48 Gbps Yes, using the bundled Addonics universal eSATAp cable Depending on OS and system BIOS support Yes, requires Addonics USB 3.0 - eSATA adapter
  • 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
  • Support maximum drive height of 9.5mm
  • 6G enclosure for SATA III HDD/SSD*
  • Support full SATA 3.0 speed of 6 Gbps when connecting to eSATA port supporting such speed
  • Connect to following ports:
  • BUS powered (powered directly with one data cable connection) from EUHP or USB port using Addonics Universal eSATAp cable (included in certain models)
  • Use as a drive cartridge in the Ruby Drive Cartridge system.
  • Hard drive connectors are isolated by a SATA direct bridge from wear and tear in removable drive application
  • Use it like a VHS cassette in the Ruby Drive Cartridge System.
  • Support large hard drive beyond 137G with single partition.
  • 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, 8, Mac, Linux and Solaris
    • USB 3.0 - Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8
    • USB 2.0 - Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, Mac, Linux and Solaris

* When using 6G hard drive or SSD, the standard Ruby enclosure may encountered connectivity problem or degraded data transfer with some drives in combination with certain computers. The 6G drive enclosure or Ruby drive kit is recommended when installing 6G HDD/SSD. In the Drive Cartridge application, the Ruby drive cradle (the unit that mounts inside the drive bay) will also needs to be the 6G version in order to have reliable connection and maximum data throughput.

Material construction Rugged anodized aluminum
protection against Shock and vibration Yes, protects hard drive from drop damage up to 3 feet height. 
Supported Drive Type

2.5" SATA 1.5Gbps, 3G or 6G* hard drive/SSD, 10 mm or low in height
*recommend to use the 6G version of Ruby drive kit

Supported interface for Drive Enclosure
Large hard drive support >137G YES
Power source:

* power from USB port varies from among different computers and hardware configuration. Large capacity (500 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 case, 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.)

Weight: 7.3 oz (enclosure without hard drive)
File Systems: FAT, FAT32, NTFS, EXT2/3/4, XFS and HPFS
Supported OS
  • eSATA - DOS, Windows NT4(SP6), 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, 2003, Mac OS X, Linux Kernel 2.4 and above
  • USB 3.0 - Windows 2000, XP and 7
  • 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.
Operating environment 0 - 60 degree C, 15% - 90% RH

Storage environment

20 - 85 degree C, 0% - 95% RH non-condensing
Warranty: One Year



Ruby eSATAp ExDrive

Shock and Vibration Protection for External Drive Applications