Addonics Technologies CCM35MK1-E, CCM35MK2-E User Manual

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Model: CCM35MK1-E&CCM35MK2-E

Single CipherChain-e(CCM35MK1-E)

Host SATA port (Connect to SATA host)

Disable reset switch jumper

4-pinfloppy power connection

Device eSATA port (Connect to eSATA device)

Cipher keyhole


Reset switch


Power LED


one CipherChain and one CipherChain-e(CCM35MK2-E)

1. For two SATA devices

Host SATA port 1


Host SATA port 2



(Connect to 2


SATA host)

(Connect to 1st SATA host)



Device SATA port 1





(Connect to 1st SATA device)

















power connection





Reset switch







Device eSATA port


(Connect to eSATA device)





Power LED



Cipher keyhole



2. For daisy-chainingto increase encryption security

Host SATA port (blue color) (Connect to SATA device)

Device eSATA port (Connect to eSATA device)

Note: The cipher keys for the two CipherChains can be of same or different code.

Disable reset switch jumper – By default,CipherChain-ereset switch is enabled. To disable reset, remove the jumper. Disabling the reset switch is recommended if theCipherChain-eis connected to a boot drive or nonhotswap SATA controller card.

Reset switch – Under certain applications, the RESET button enables the adding and removing of hard drives without restarting the system.

Following is an example of such an application:

a.When the cipher key is removed from the CipherChain-ethat is connecting an eSATA drive to a SATA port that supports hot swap, pressing the reset switch will turn off theCipherChain-e,clear the key code and remove the drive icon.

b.Likewise when an eSATA hard drive is plug into the CipherChain-efirst with out a cipher key then the cipher key is inserted into the cipher keyhole, pressing the RESET button will initialized the drive. Note that if the new hard drive is not encrypted or the Cipher key does not match what is on the encrypted hard drive, it will show up as an unallocated drive under the drive management screen and no drive icon will show up in My Computer folder. So it is very important to make sure that the correct Cipher key is used on the hard drive.

Proceeding to initialize the hard drive will erase all the data beyond any possibility of recovery.

Note: Whenever the eSATA cable is disconnected from the CipherChain- e, with the cipher key still inserted into the cipher keyhole this action will turn off theCipherChain-e,clear the key code and remove the drive icon on the system.

Green Power LED: In order to turn on the power to theCipherChain-e,the cipher key must be inserted prior to power on the system or resetting theCipherChain-e.If the power LED does not light up, the system will not detect the hard drive connected to theCipherChain-e.

Yellow Power LED: Lights up when there is drive activity.

Basic Hardware Installation

1.Mount the CipherChain-einto the 3.5” drive bay on PC case.

2.Using the provided floppy Y-powercable connect theCipherChain-e4-pinfloppy power connector to the system’s power supply.

3.Connect the Host SATA port on the CipherChain-eto the onboard SATA port of the motherboard or anadd-inSATA controller card using a SATA cable.

How to operate the CipherChain-e:

Note: Hot swapping refers to the ability to plug and unplug the component without rebooting.

1.Insert the AES 256-bitcipher key into the cipher keyhole on theCipherChain-e.

2.For SATA port that supports hotswap.

With the system powered on, turn on the eSATA storage device. For SATA port that does not support hotswap.

External storage must be connected to CipherChain-E.Power on the system and eSATA storage device at the same time.

3.Observed that the green Power LED should light up. If it does not, re-insertthe cipher key andre-powerthe devices or reset theCipherChain-e.

4.For new drive, go to the operating system’s management utility to partition, format and mount the encrypted drive.

5.Go to File Manager and view the encrypted drive.

Note: You may remove the cipher key from theCipherChain-eonce theCipherChain-eis powered on. All the files being transferred into the drive are still encrypted even if the cipher key is removed.

Best Practices:

Create a label to identify the eSATA storage device and the Cipher key used to encrypt the device.

Always keep a spare master key in a safe place.





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