CipherShield 2-Bay RAID USB 3.0/eSATA FIPS 140-2 512-bit AES Hardware Encrypted External Desktop Hard Drive


2-Bay RAID USB 3.0/eSATA 512-bit AES Encrypted External Desktop Hard Drive

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  • 20TB (RAID 0)
  • 20TB (RAID 1)
  • 24TB (RAID 0)
  • 24TB (RAID 1)
  • 28TB (RAID 1)

Product Description

This BUSlink 2-Bay RAID hard drive supports large capacity and USB 3.0/eSATA interface. It supports RAID 0 or RAID 1 depending on the model ordered. RAID 0 (striping) is faster and provides the full capacity (ie. 2TB x 2 = 4TB) but no backup. RAID 1 (mirroring) is slower and provides half the capacity (ie. 2TB x 2 = 2TB; 1 drive is used for backup). Removable HDD trays support hot-plug replacement of drives (only for RAID with redundancy mode). HDD intelligent sleep function is supported. Cooling fan maintain safe operating temperature. Skid proof and shockproof rubber feet mat ensure safe operation.

CipherShield design features a chip embedded in the access key which matches the AES encryption module on the controller board. The drive will automatically lock down its content once the key is unplugged, or power is shut off. And without the access key, data will not be seen or accessed in the event of theft or loss of the external drive. Data stored on the hard drive are safeguarded by hardware-based National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) certified industrial strength AES (Advanced Encryption standard) cryptographic engine. The advantage of hardware encryption over software encryption is that you need not be concerned about Trojans/viruses or software upgrades, which results in a decrease of total cost of ownership. Since CipherShield encrypts data independent of the operating system; removing the drive and connecting it directly to the SATA BUS will not defeat the encryption. Unit is bundled with two keys and registration is required for key duplication.


  • NIST FIPS 140-2 compliant AES hardware encryption with 256-bit encryption
  • 2 stage cascade AES 256-bit equals to 512-bit encryption
  • 2 drives included and installed in trays
  • Comes in 2 RAID models: RAID 0 (striping) and RAID 1 (mirroring)
  • RAID mode is fixed and is not user changeable
  • Removable 3.5” HDD tray supports hot-plug replacement of drive (RAID mode with redundancy only)
  • Support HDD intelligent sleep function
  • Cooling fan maintain safe operating temperature
  • Skid proof and shockproof rubber feet mat ensure safe operation
  • Self-powered, AC adapter included
  •  Conforms to HIPAA regulation regarding patient privacy and to Sarbanes-Oxley regarding corporate financial and accounting practice
  •  CipherShield Smart Insert technology with CipherKey to authenticate the drive
  •  FDE (Full Disk Encryption) encrypt whole drive
  •  Real time “on-the-fly” encryption without any performance degradation
  •  Faster, easier to use, and provide a better security than software encryption
  •  Operates independently to the OS: does not require separate drivers
  •  Encryption key is on the removable hardware key; can be removed and stored away to prevent unauthorized access
  •  Transfer rate:
    • USB 2.0: Up to 480 Mbits/s
    • USB 3.0: Up to 5 Gbits/s
    • eSATA: Up to 3.0 Gbits/s
  • Drive: Pre-formatted NTFS SATA Drives (can be reformatted for Mac or Linux)

System Requirement

  • eSATA port with AHCI mode to support hot-plug
  • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port to achieve USB 3.0 transfer speed
  • Backward compatible to USB 2.0 Hi-Speed port with USB 2.0 transfer speed
  • Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
  • Windows Server 2012, 2008, 2003. Does not work with 2000 Server
  • Linux
  • Larger than 2TB requires GPT support; does not support Windows XP

Package Contents

  • BUSlink CipherShield 512-bit RAID Hard Drive
  • 1 standard A to B SuperSpeed USB cable, 1 eSATA cable
  • 2 security keys
  • 1 Full range switching AC adapter
  • 1 User Manual

Additional information

Weight 13 lbs

20TB (RAID 0), 20TB (RAID 1), 24TB (RAID 0), 24TB (RAID 1), 28TB (RAID 1)