Diamond Cipher Combo HDD for SATA hard drive with eSATA or USB 3.0/2.0 External Connection

The Diamond Cipher Combo Hard Drive Kit features the new generation of eSATA hard drive enclosures with the 256-bit AES hard encryption and choice of ECB or CBC mode. The encryption is FIPS certified to ensure absolute data security should the drive get stolen or lost. The crypto engine inside the Diamond Cipher enclosure handles all the encryption and decryption on the fly with no detectable performance degradation on data transfer. Using native eSATA interface, the Diamond Cipher Combo Hard Drive supports the highest performance possible today through an externally connected hard drive enclosure.

The Diamond Combo Hard Drive kit is probably the most versatile storage solution in the market. This kit comes with all the necessary component to allow any 3.5" SATA hard drive to be used as a drive cartridge and as an external high performance eSATA hard drive. Constructed in heavy gauge aluminum with precision finish for smooth operation, the Diamond Cipher drive kit is built to last while at the same time providing excellent heat dissipation for the hard drive. Comes built in with the Addonics SATA direct bridge interface, the Diamond Cipher 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 isolates the SATA hard drive power and data connectors from the wears and tears incurred in some of the removable SATA hard drive system. 2.5" SATA hard drive can also be installed into the Diamond Cipher drive enclosure using the optional 2.5" hard drive mounting bracket.

When used as a drive cartridge, the hard drive can be swapped 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. Once the OS detects the presence of the Diamond Cipher drive 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. When used as external hard drive via eSATA connection to a computer, the hard drive performs at the full speed and can achieve data transfer up to 3 times the speed of the standard USB or Firewire interfaces.

Encryption features (for Diamond 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
  • Choice of ECB or CBC mode of encryption
  • 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 Diamond Cipher enclosure prior to turn 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 enclosures features

  • eSATA connector built-in for external eSATA connection
  • Optional USB 3.0 to eSATAp adapter for USB 3.0 / 2.0 connection.
  • Regular SATA connector for use as an removable hard drive via the Diamond Drive Cradles installed in a 5 1/4" drive bay
  • Support SATA I, II or III HDD/SSD
  • Hard drive connectors are isolated by a Direct SATA bridge from wear and tear in removable drive application
  • Support large hard drive beyond 137G with single partition
  • Maximum drive size > 4TB
  • No interface cabling between drive and enclosure for reliable connection.
  • No switch to set between internal and external hard drive application
  • Compact size for easy transportation - slightly larger than a VCR cassette
  • Sturdy aluminum body for use in rough environments
  • Well ventilated design, good heat conduction without fan for quiet operation
  • LED for both power, drive access and Cipher key activation
  • Optional cooling fan available
  • Simple hard drive installation
  • Optional 2.5"/1.8" converter kit
  • OS support in an external hard drive mode
    • eSATA - DOS, Windows 95, NT(SP6), 98SE, Me, 2000 and above, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac, Linux and Solaris
    • USB - Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 and above, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac, Linux and Solaris

Drive Cradle

  • Mount inside any standard 5 1/4" drive bay
  • Aluminum construction for effective heat dissipation inside any system
  • Connect to SATA interface
  • 4-pin floppy power connector
  • Drive Cradle keylock to secure Drive Enclosure and power on the drive
  • Drive Cradle LED can be set to come from hard drive or from controller
  • LED for both power and drive access
  • OS support in internal hard drive mode - DOS, Windows 95, NT(SP6), 98SE, Me, 2000 and above, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac, Linux and Solaris
Encrpytion type 256-bit AES hardware encryption via a hardware-based NIST and CSE certified cryptographic AES engine
Encryption mode Choice of ECB or CBC
Encryption certificationb FIPS 140-2
Supported Drive Type
3.5" / 2.5" SATA 1.5Gbps, 3.0Gbps or 6.0Gbps
Supported Interface for Drive Cradle
  • SATA
  • IDE, USB, or SCSI (with optional converter boards)
Supported interface for Drive Enclosure

eSATA for external connection and SATA for internal connection via Diamond drive cradle

USB 3.0 / 2.0 with optional eSATA - USB adapter (ADU3ESA or ADU3ESAM)

Maximum drive size  > 4TB
Power source Internal Drive Cartridge System or Mobile Rack - from PC power supply
Drive Enclosure or External Drive Cartridge System - from 110/220 power adapter
Cooling fan Optional for drive enclosure
LED indicators

For power and drive access on drive enclosure and drive cradle
For Cipher key activation on drive enclosure

Material construction Aluminum
Supported OS
  • USB 3.0/2.0 - Windows 2000 and above, XP,  Vista, Windows 7, 8, Mac OS X, Linux Kernel 2.6 and above
  • SATA - DOS, Windows NT4(SP6), 98SE, Me, 2000 and above, XP,  Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS X, Linux Kernel 2.4 and above or any OS that supports SATA hard drive

Drive enclosure: 8.19 x 4.57 x 1.46 in. (208 x 116 x 37 mm.)
Drive Cradle: 8.93 x 5.75 x 1.61 in. (227 x 146 x 41 mm.)

Weight 13.6 oz (enclosure without hard drive)
15.2 oz (drive cradle)
File Systems FAT, FAT32, NTFS and HPFS
Operating temperature: 0 °C to +50 °C
Operating humidity 5% to 90%
Storage temperature -40 °C to +85 °C
Storage humidity 5% to 95% (non condensing)
Warranty: One Year
RoHS compliant Yes


System Requirements

  • PC/AT or Compatible System
  • One available 5 1/4" drive bay or one of the following ports: SATA, eSATA, USB 2.0 and USB 1.1
  • 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, Windows 8, Mac OS, Linux, Solaris



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