Sapphire Cipher II RAID

The Sapphire Cipher II RAID is an external secure storage solution that connects two 2.5" HDD/SSD to any computer via a USB 3.1 connection. It is a high performance and simple solution to secure any 2.5" SATA HDD/SSD with FIPS certified AES 256-bit full disk hardware encryption. The two drives operate as two independent drives via a single USB connection and are encrypted simultaneously by a single Cipher key. Or the two drives can be configured as RAID 1, RAID 0 or as one large drive. Drives are added or removed from the Sapphire Cipher II RAID like a VHS cassette without shutting down your system. Encryption is activated by a simple insertion of a Cipher key, just like locking the door. There is no password to remember or special software to install. If the drive is stolen or lost, all the information is inaccessible without the Cipher key. The drive will appear as a blank drive without any traces of data when it is connected to a system. The Sapphire Cipher II RAID is OS independent and can be connected to any system. Constructed with a rugged aluminum body for tough handling and effective heat dissipation, the Sapphire Cipher II RAID is the ideal security storage solution for organizations with heterogeneous computing environments and legacy systems to secure sensitive data stored on any 2.5" HDD or SSD, or for transporting hard drives containing sensitive information. 

High Performance
The Sapphire Cipher II RAID encrypts and decrypts data on the fly using an onboard FIPS 140-2 certified AES crypto engine from Enova Technology. Unlike software encryption products that depend on the system CPU to encrypt and decrypt the data, the Sapphire Cipher II RAID has no impact on CPU utilization. This allows the system CPU to perform its computing tasks at normal speed. The Sapphire Cipher II RAID has minimal impact on the performance of the hard drive or SSD.

Security
Sapphire Cipher II RAID is a full disk encryption solution, meaning that the boot sector, partition table, and all the information in the drive are encrypted. Storage devices protected by the Sapphire Cipher II RAID are inaccessible without the Cipher key. When the drive in the Sapphire Cipher II RAID is connected as a boot drive to a system, it will be inoperable without the Cipher key. If the Sapphire Cipher II RAID encrypted drive is stolen and then is connected to another system, the drive will appear as a brand new drive with no trace of any data. For further security enhancement, Sapphire Cipher II RAID also supports HMAC key (Key-Hash Message Authentication Code).

Use as a Cipher key programmer
The Sapphire Cipher II RAID can be used for programming or duplicate the Cipher key code using the Addonics RNG software utility (a software sold separately). This allows users to manage their own key code and is highly recommended for multiple units deployment.

Choice of standard Cipher (SC) key or HMAC key (Key-Hash Message Authentication Code)
The standard Cipher key stores the cipher code in plain text. Addonics first generation of CipherChain, Diamond Cipher, and Ruby Cipher can only be authenticated with this SC key. This type of key is also compatible with the new Sapphire Cipher II RAID product. Although you can use the same key code for both the Sapphire Cipher II RAID and the Addonics first generation Cipher products, the encrypted hard drives are not compatible. In other words, drives encrypted in Sapphire Cipher II RAID cannot be attached to the first generation of Cipher product and vice versa.

The HMAC key does not store any key code. Its authentication requires two ways communication with the Sapphire Cipher II RAID and the original encrypted hard drive. The HMAC key cannot be duplicated. The original key file, generated by the Addonics RNG software PRO, is required to program additional HMAC key. So when an HMAC key is lost or stolen, the key code cannot be copied or hacked. HMAC key is supported only by the 6G SATA hardware encryption products.

 

Front view   Rear view

      

note: The eSATA port for the RAID configuration can be
connected to a computer's regular SATA port using the included
SATA - eSATA adapter or to the USB port using the optional
USB 3.1 - eSATAp adapter

 

Illustration of drive installation/removal and
connection
(hard drive is for illustration only and is not part of the product)  

 

Drive sanitizing
The Sapphire Cipher II RAID can also be used to sanitize drives ~ wiping clean all previous data on a used hard drive by using the following operation procedures:

  1. Install the hard drive that is to be sanitized into the Sapphire Cipher II RAID.
  2. Initialize and perform a standard formatting (not quick format) of the hard drive with the Cipher key.
  3. Transfer unimportant data to completely fill the hard drive inside the Sapphire Cipher II RAID. This essentially writes over every sector in the hard drive or the flash media with unimportant encrypted data that are invisible to any OS. The drive or the flash media, when connects directly to a system, will appear as a brand new media with no trace of any data.
  4. Now connect the drive directly to any computer. Initialize and format the hard drive with any OS to use it as a brand new hard drive.

 

M2 card, mSATA SSD, CFast, CF, slim SATA or micro SATA HDD/SSD card can be loaded into this Sapphire Cipher II RAID with the following optional adapters

Shown with media side facing up

2.5" M2/mSATA SSD drive
kit (AD25M2MSA)

CFast card in 2.5" CFast
drive kit (AD25CFASTD-N)

CF card in 2.5" CF drive kit
(AD25CFD-N)

Slim SATA SSD 2.5" HDD
adapter (AA25SEMBK)

1.8" micro SATA - 2.5" SATA
HDD adapter (AD18M25S

note: the flash cards shown above are for illustration purpose and are not part of the flash drive adapter

  • Great for the following applications:
    • Prevent sensitive data from unauthorized access when the hard drive is lost or stolen
    • Shipping or transporting hard drives containing sensitive data.
    • Sanitizing used hard drives
  • Support two 2.5" SATA hard drives or SSD
  • Connect to any computer via USB 3.1 / 3.0 / 2.0 port
  • Drives are configured as two independent drives by factory default.
  • Drives can be configured as one Big drive (combination of the capacity of both drives), as RAID 1 (mirror set for drive redundancy) or as RAID 0 to improve the overall performance of the drive). This setting change requires using the included PM management software and connecting the eSATA port on the Sapphire Cipher II RAID to the computer via one of the following ports:
    • eSATA - A 100 cm. eSATA cable is included for connecting to the eSATA port of a computer
    • SATA - a SATA - eSATA adapter is included for connecting to a computer's regular SATA port. 
    • USB port - An optional USB 3.1 - eSATAp adapter is needed to connect to the USB port
  • Maximum throughput up to 400 MB/sec via USB 3.1 connection. Actual performance depends on the media and the system hardware.
  • Drives are added or removed similar to using a VHS cassette. No special tool is required.
  • FIPS 140-2 certified Crypto Module (MX+ crypto engine from Enova Technology)
  • AES 256-bit encryption ~ the highest level of encryption standard
  • Full disk encryption. The encrypted drive, when it is connected to any system, appeared as a brand new drive with no trace of any recoverable data
  • 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.
  • Choice of standard Cipher key or HMAC key (Key-Hash Message Authentication Code)
  • Optional RNG software for programming or duplicating Cipher key
  • OS independent ~ can be used on any system


Note on Cipher key code
Each pair of Cipher keys is set with a unique key code. When ordering multiple Cipher kits and extra Cipher keys and wish that all the keys be set to the same key code, please provide 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 leave the instructions 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.

There is no backdoor for any Addonics encryption product if the Cipher key is lost or stolen.
For models that comes with the SC (standard cipher) key, a pair of keys is included. One of these keys should be kept in a safe, secure location and, if needed, can be sent back to Addonics for duplicating additional keys. If one of the two keys is lost, be sure to make a back up of all the data stored inside the encrypted hard drive prior to sending your last key to Addonics. Addonics is not responsible for keys lost in the mail or the retrieval of the data inside the encrypted hard drive.

For models that come with HMAC key, the key file that is used for programming the HMAC key is sent to the customer for safe keeping. Addonics does not keep any record of the key file. In case of a lost or stolen key, the customer will need to send the key file to Addonics to program the key.

For the HMAC key users, we highly recommend ordering the Addonics RNG software suite PRO version, available with a license for minimum 30 keys. This software allows you to program the SC or HMAC key with your own code or the random number generator built-in the software.


  • Onboard AES 256-bit crypto engine
  • SATA I / II / III compliant
  • Connector on back of the unit:
    • USB 3.1 type B female connector
    • eSATA connector (for connecting to a computer to configure the two drives into different RAID setting using the PM management software)
    • 12V input jack
  • LEDs: Power, Cipher activation, drive access
  • RESET: To clear cipher key code and reset the CipherChain module inside the unit. This also removes the drive icon when the storage device is removed from the Sapphire Cipher External Drive Cartridge System.
  • Maximum throughput up to 400 MB/sec with USB 3.1 connection
  • Light weight, sturdy anodized aluminum housing
  • Low noise high CFM cooling fan
  • Power consumption (excluding the storage media): ~ 1.5 watts
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 9.88 x 6.88 x 2.00 in ( 251 x 175 x 50.8 mm)
  • Weight: ~ 2.75 lb (1.25 kg) without drive
  • Operating temperature and humidity: 0 °C to + 60 °C, 5% - 95% (non condensing)
  • Storage temperature and humidity: -40 °C to + 70 °C, 5% - 90% humidity

PRODUCTS

SC6G2DSU - (Sapphire Cipher II RAID with standard cipher key)
Content: Sapphire Cipher II RAID main unit with integrated USB 3.1 connection, 6-foot USB 3.1 cable (AAU3AB6F), a pair of standard cipher keys (AAENKEY256-2), 110/240V AC/DC 12V adapter (AAP12V3A), user guide
Price: 289.00
SC6G2DSUH - (Sapphire Cipher II RAID with HMAC key)
Content: Sapphire Cipher II RAID main unit with integrated USB 3.1 connection, 6-foot USB 3.1 cable (AAU3AB6F), two (2) HMAC keys (AAHMACK), 110/240V AC/DC 12V adapter (AAP12V3A), user guide
Price: 319.00

ACCESSORIES

ASWRNG (RNG programming suite for Cipher key (AAENKEY256 and AAENKEY256-2))
Content: Addonics RNG (Random Number Generator) programming software for cipher key model AAENKEY256 and AAENKEY256-2. Windows 10 compatible. Requires Addonics 6G SATA encryption hardware.
Price: 60.00
ADU31ESP (USB 3.1 to eSATAp adapter)
Content: USB 3.1 to eSATAp Adapter, user guide
Price: 27.95
ADSAF-ESAM (SATA - eSATA cable converter)
Content: Connector converter that turns the standard SATA connector on any SATA cable to eSATA connector
Price: 3.50
AAENKEY256 (1 AES 256-bit Cipher key)
Content: 1 piece of AES-256-bit encryption key
Price: 9.00
AAHMACK (1 AES 256-bit HMAC Cipher key)
Content: 1 piece of AES 256-bit HMAC key. Note: The cipher code file (a .BIN file) is provided in either a CD or email. If the customer wants to receive this file via email, please include the email address in the instruction box on the final check out page when placing the order from our online store. The BIN file is required to program additional cipher keys with the same code. For security purpose, we store the BIN file for up to 30 days only after the product delivery. It is important for the customer to make extra copies of this file and keep them in a safe place once the file is received.
Price: 39.95
ASWRNG-P30 (RNG software suite PRO with 30 HMAC key license)
Content: Addonics RNG (Random Number Generator) software suite PRO with license to program up to 30 HMAC keys. HMAC key is not included. Windows 10 compatible. Requires Addonics 6G SATA encryption hardware.
Price: 569.00
ASWRNG-P50 (RNG software suite PRO with 50 HMAC key license)
Content: Addonics RNG (Random Number Generator) software suite PRO with license to program up to 50 HMAC keys. HMAC Key is not included. Windows 10 compatible. Requires Addonics 6G SATA encryption hardware.
Price: 849.00
ASWRNG-P100 (RNG software suite PRO with 100 HMAC key license)
Content: Addonics RNG (Random Number Generator) software suite PRO with license to program up to 100 HMAC keys. HMAC Key is not included. Windows 10 compatible. Requires Addonics 6G SATA encryption hardware.
Price: 1399.00
AAHMACK-30 (30 AES 256-bit HMAC Cipher keys + RNG software PRO)
Content: 30 pieces of AES 256-bit HMAC keys, RNG software PRO, user guide
Price: 849.00
AAHMACK-50 (50 AES 256-bit HMAC Cipher keys + RNG software PRO)
Content: 50 pieces of AES 256-bit HMAC keys, RNG software PRO, user guide
Price: 1249.00
AAHMACK-100 (100 AES 256-bit HMAC Cipher keys + RNG software PRO)
Content: 100 pieces of AES 256-bit HMAC keys, RNG software PRO, user guide
Price: 2199.00
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
AE25SN35SA (Snap-In 25)
Snap-In 25 (2.5inch - 3.5inch adapter), User guide,
Price: 13.99
AD25M2MSA (2.5" M2 / mSATA Flash drive kit)
Content: 2.5" M2 / mSATA flash drive kit with easy media installation or removal design (black color), user guide
Price: 27.95
AD25CFASTD-N (2.5" CFast HDD kit, open end, black )
Content: 2.5" CFast hard drive kit with open end black color bracket for easy media nstallation, user guide.
Price: 24.95
AD25CFD-N (2.5" CF HDD PRO, easy media insertion and removal, black color)
Content: 2.5" CF hard drive kit with black color bracket and open end for easy media installation.
Price: 26.95
AA25SEMBK (Slim SATA SSD 2.5" HDD adapter)
Content: 2.5" HDD adapter kit for slim SATA embedded SSD, user guiode
Price: 19.00
AD18M25S (1.8" micro SATA - 2.5" SATA HDD adapter)
Content: 1.8" micro SATA - 2.5" SATA HDD adapter,
Price: 19.00