The Cipher Z drive cartridge system is a fast and simple solution for secures any 3.5" or 2.5" SATA hard drive with the Addonics bullet proof AES 256-bit encryption. Drive is added or removed from the Cipher Z drive cartridge system like a VHS cassette. Encryption is activitated by a simple insertion of a Cipher key on the back of the drive enclosure, just like unlocking the door. There is no password to remember or special software to install. If the drive is ever stolen, all the information is inaccessible without the Cipher key. The drive will appear as a blank drive without any trace of data when connects to any system. It is an ideal solution for securing sensitive data stored in any hard drive or for transporting hard drive containing sensitive information via common carriers.
Cipher Z drive cartridge system connecting to Desktop or Notebook via eSATA or USB 3.0 /2.0 port
The Cipher Z drive Cartridge system can also be used as a drive sanitization equipment for wiping clean of all previous data on an used hard drive by using the following operation procedures:
intall the hard drive to be sanitized into the Cipher Z drive cartridge system.
Initialize and perform a standard formatting (not quick format) of the hard drive with the Cipher key.
Transfer unimportant data to completely fill the hard drive inside the Cipher Z drive Cartridge system. This essentially write over every sector in the hard drive or the flash media with unimportant encrypted data that are not viewable to any OS. The drive or the flash media, when connects directly to a system, will appear like brand new with no trace of any data
Now connect the drive directly to any computer. Iinitialize and format the hard drive with any OS to use it as a brand new hard drive.
Simple to use Similar to all other Addonics encryption products, the Cipher Z drive cartridge system is a pure hardware solution. This means that there is no software to run, no driver to install and no password to remember. There is very little user training required to use the Cipher Z drive cartridge system. All the user needs to do is to insert the correct Cipher key at the back of the drive enclosure before turning on the power. The Cipher Z drive cartridge system can be operated under any operating system. It is an ideal security solution for organization with heterogeneous computing environment and legacy systems.
The Cipher Z drive cartridge system is equipped with the CipherChain ES which is a full disk encryption solution. This means that the boot sector, partition table and all the information in the drive are encrypted. If the Cipher Z drive cartridge system is stolen and the SATA drive inside is removed from the enclosure to connect to a computer, the drive will appear as a brand new drive with no trace of any data. The AES 256-bit encryption provided by the CipherChain ES is considered as the highest level of encryption standard, secure enough to protect classified information designated as “Top Secret”.
Inside the Cipher Z drive cartridge system, data stored in the hard drive is encrypted and decrypted on the fly using a FIPS certified AES 256-bit crypto engine. Unlike software encryption product which depends on the system CPU to encrypt and decrypt the data, the encryption in the Cipher Z drive cartridge system has no impact to CPU utilization.. This leaves the system CPU to perform all its computing task at normal speed. There is also no measurable impact to the performance on the hard drive.
The AES 256-bit Cipher key used for the encryption/decryption in the Cipher Z drive cartridge system is the same Cipher key as used in the Addonics Diamond Cipher drive kit, Ruby Cipher drive kit, CipherChain and CipherChain-ES. As a result, you can share the same encryption key to operate on the storage device that has been encrypted by either the CipherChain, Diamond Cipher or Ruby Cipher drive kit. You may also order Cipher keys with the same key codes when you order multiple Cipher Z drive cartridge systems or Cipher keys. You may also re-programmed the Cipher keys to other codes using the optional key management system or sending the keys to Addonics for the re-programming service at no charge.
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.
sanitization of used hard drives
Support following hard drive:
any 3.5" SATA hard drive
any 2.5" SATA hard drive or SSD using the optional Addonics 3.5" to 2.5" drive converter (model: AE25SN35SA)
Drives are added or removed like a VHS cassette. No special tool is required.
Connect to any computer via
USB 3.0 / 2.0 port using Addonics optional USB 3.0 - eSATA adapter (model: ADU3ESA)
AES 256-bit encryption - the highest level of encryption standard
Full disk encryption. No traceable data when the encrypted drive is connected to any system.
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.
High performance - up to 150 MB/sec
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.
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Cipher Z drive cartridge system with AES 256-bit encryption, eSATA connection
Cipher Z drive cartridge system, a pair of AES 256-bit cipher keys, 110/220V power adapter, 3-foot eSATA cable
Cipher Z drive cartridge system with AES 256-bit encryption, eSATA / USB 3.0 connection
Cipher Z drive cartridge system, a pair of AES 256-bit cipher keys, 110/220V power adapter, 3-foot eSATA cable, USB 3.0 to eSATA adapter
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Cipher key socket extension
Blank AES 256-bit Cipher key
Onboard AES 256-bit crypto engine
SATA I / II / III compliant
Connectors on back of unit:
Cipher key socket
mini DIN 6 power input jack
in the front: green for power
in the rear - green for presence of Cipher code, yellow for drive activity
RESET at the back: To clear cipher key code and reset the CipherChain. This also remove the drive icon when the storage device is removed from the Cipher Z drive cartridge system connecting to hot swappable eSATA port.
Maximum throughput - 150 MB/sec
Dimension: 10.16 x 6.61 x 2.4 in (258 x 168 x 60 mm)
Weight: 3.64lb (1650 gram)
Operating temperature and humidity: 0 °C to + 70 °C, 5% - 95% (non condensing)
Storage temperature and humidity: -40 °C to + 85 °C, 5% - 90% humidity
There is no back door for the CipherChain encrypted hard drive if the Cipher key is lost or stolen. To ensure there is a spare key, every CipherChain kit comes with one pair of Cipher keys. 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 the key lost in the mail or the retrieval of the data inside the encrypted hard drive.