Addonics Technologies RUBY CIPHER AES RCHD256ES, RUBY CIPHER AES RCHD256EU User Manual

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Ruby Cipher AES 256-bitCombo Hard Drive


User’s Guide

FCC Warning Statement

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy. If not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, it may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If the equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment on and off, the user is encouraged to try and correct the interference by one or more of the following suggestions.

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna

Increase the distance between the equipment and the receiver

Connect the equipment to a different power outlet other than the one where receiver is connected

Consult a certified television or radio technician

Enclosure and Drive Cradle Overview

The drive enclosure is the enclosure where a SATA hard drive is mounted and secured by 4 screws.

Drive cradle, also known as fixed tray, is the frame that mounts inside the drive bay of a desktop, server or any computing equipment. The drive cradle provides both power and data connection between the computer and the drive enclosure.

The Ruby cipher drive cradle fits into any standard 3 1/4” drive bay and can connect to the computer via SATA or USB 2.0. This interface allows hot swapping the hard drive without restarting or rebooting the system. The Ruby drive cradle is compatible with all Ruby drive enclosures and Ruby cipher drive enclosures.

Top Cover

SATA Interface


Drive cradle

Cipher Key

Ruby Cipher key

Check to make sure you have the correct version of the Ruby Cipher key. The key should match the label at the back of the drive enclosure.

Black label AES-256stands for Ruby Cipher 256bit key.

Ruby Enclosure


Power LED and

Cipher Slot

Drive Access LED



There is no back door for the Ruby Cipher encrypted hard drive if the key is lost or stolen.

To ensure there is a spare key, your Ruby Cipher bundled kit comes with one pair of Ruby Cipher keys. These 2 keys have identical encryption code. One of these keys should be kept in a safe and secure location and can be sent back to Addonics for duplicating additional keys. If you are down to the last key, be sure to make a back up of all the data stored inside your encrypted hard drive prior to sending the last key to Addonics. Addonics is not responsible for key lost in the mail or retrieval of the data inside the encrypted hard drive.

The CIPHER key MUST be inserted at the front of the drive enclosure in order for the drive to be ACTIVATED.

Once the drive is INITIALIZED using the Cipher Key that comes with the kit, the drive can only be accessed by the original key.

The 2 keys that come with each Ruby Cipher bundled kit has their own unique encryption code. So the keys among different kits are not interchangeable.

If you have multiple sets of Ruby Cipher kits and would like all the keys to have the same encryption code, you may make this request at the time of your order or mail the keys together with master key back to Addonics to recode them for you. Again be sure that you keep a spare key with you. Make a back up of your data if you are mailing in your last key.

Keeping track of the hard drive

If you are using the Ruby Cipher drive enclosure to encrypt multiple hard drives, it is important to label your hard drive if you are taking the drive out of the enclosure. The hard drive with Ruby Cipher encryption will look like a brand new drive when attach directly to the SATA controller of a computer. There will be no partition or any hint to indicate that the drive contains encrypted data. When the drive is partitioned, all the encrypted data will be lost.

The same holds true if a hard drive already has data on it is installed into the Ruby Cipher drive enclosure. The computer detects the hard drive as a brand new drive or a drive that is unallocated. Once you proceed to partition the drive, the data that was on the hard drive will be erased and cannot be recovered.

A Ruby Cipher encrypted hard drive can be moved to another Ruby Cipher drive enclosure. But the same key used in encrypting the hard drive must be used in the new drive enclosure in order to access the drive.

If you are installing multiple Ruby Cipher drive kits in your organization, it is important to keep track of the drive and the encryption key. Once it gets mixed up, there is no possible way to recover the data on the encrypted hard drive.

2.5” SATA hard drive

Cipher Key

top cover

shock absorbers




bottom cover

Step 1

Separate the top from the bottom cover of the drive enclosure by loosening the screw as shown on the photo.

Step 2 Align the SATA connector in the 2.5” hard drive with the SATA connector on the PCB.

Step 3 Wrap the shock absorbers around the hard drive and PCB.

Step 4 Turn over the PCB and secure the hard drive to the PCB with the mounting screws that come with the kit.

Step 5 Mount the board to the bottom cover.

Step 6 Put the top cover on by holding it in near vertical position and sliding the two metal clips inside the two small slots on the rear of the bottom cover.

Step 7 Lower the front of the top cover and making sure the two covers lined up properly. Tighten the small retaining screw on the front of the bottom cover to close the enclosure.

Cable Connections When Used as an External Hard Drive


INT: This mode is used when the enclosure is placed inside a drive cradle. For drive cartridge system kits, this is the mode used.

EXT: This mode is used if the enclosure is used as an external hard drive.

Ruby Drive Cradle


Power connection


using 5V power adapter

or USB power cable

Power Switch


Power: Connect the power cable (provided) to the 5V power connector located at the back of the enclosure.


Model: RCHD256ES

Connect the eSATA to eSATA cable to the eSATA connector located at the back of the enclosure and the other end of the eSATA cable to the eSATA connector on your SATA host controller with eSATA ports.

Model: RCHD256EU

Connect the eSATA to eSATA cable to the eSATA connector located at the back of the enclosure and the other end of the eSATA cable to the eSATA connector on the USB2.0 to eSATA adapter. You can now plug the adapter to a USB port on your system.

Powering On Enclosure:

Note: Be sure the Ruby cipher key is inserted into the drive enclosure prior to turning on the power of the drive cradle. The hard drive will not be detected by the computer if the power to the drive cradle is turned on without the Cipher key. Under such condition, the power on the drive cradle will have to be turned off and turned back on again with the Cipher key already inserted into the drive enclosure in order to detect the hard drive.

To power on the enclosure, move the switch located at the front of the enclosure to the EXT mode. When the switch is turned on, the LED light beside it would light up to indicate power and also drive access.

Note: There are no drivers needed to use the eSATA cable as long as the drivers are installed for the Serial ATA Controller card/chip. It is plug and play.

Brand New Hard drive must be partitioned and formatted first before a drive letter is assigned by the OS.

Cable Connections When Used as an Internal Hard Drive

Note: You can only use one power connector at a time. Either use the4-pinMolex or15-pinSATA connector but do not simultaneously use them.


power connector



power connector

data connector

Models: RCHD256ES & RCHD256EU

Mounting holes for

3 ½” drive bay

*Note: The Ruby Drive Cartridge System with the SATA interface must be connected to a SATA controller with hot swap capability in order to add and remove drive cartridge without rebooting. Please consult your motherboard or theadd-incard manufacturer to determine hot swap support on your SATA controller. All of the Addonics SATA Host Controllers are hot swap capable.



Drive cradle






Step 1: Connect a SATA cable to the7-pinSATA data connector to the SATA interface of the cradle.

Step 2: Connect a15-pinSATA power cable from your system’s power supply to the SATA interface of the cradle. This power connection provides power to the ruby drive cartridge system.

Step 3: Slide the Ruby enclosure inside the cradle. Insert the Cipher key. To turn ON the drive enclosure, place switch on INT position.

Technical Support

If you need assistance to get your unit functioning properly, please call Addonics Technical Support. Our technical staff will be happy to assist you, but they will need your help to do so. Calling the technical support staff without all the proper information can be both time consuming and frustrating. Here are some tips to help you out:

MODEL NUMBER – Please have this number on hand. SYSTEM INFORMATION – Type of computer, peripherals, etc. OPERATING SYSTEM – What version of Windows

WHAT’S THE TROUBLE? – Give enough information

about your problem so that we can recreate and diagnose it.

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