Figure: Thecus chassis for five disk bays, open
Thecus chassis components (front)
- 5 x HDD bays
- The chassis has 5 disk slots with removable bays for the system to perform
actions on up to 5 hard drives at a time. The bays support 2.5" and 3.5"
SATA disks for use with standard HDD's and SSD's. They are also physically
lockable using the keys included in the system.
- Disk status LEDs
- Each disk bay contains two status LEDs to monitor the bay status and
- USB 3.0 port
- Connect USB devices to KillDisk Desktop with high-speed USB 3.0
- 5 x LED light indicators
- 5 LED indicators are used to give feedback to the user on KillDisk
- Power button
- Powers on the Thecus hardware unit.
- Reset button
- Resets the hardware unit.
- LCD display
- Describes current process, allows user to navigate and access KillDisk
menus, initiate processes and see progress.
- Navigation buttons
- Buttons allow user to navigate menus on the LCD display, built into the
Figure: Reverse side of Thecus chassis
Thecus chassis components (back)
- Power switch
- Master power switch for the unit.
- Power cable connector
- Connector for a NEMA 5-15-P, 3 pronged power cable.
- Audio and microphone connectors
- Standard connectors. Not necessary for any KillDisk operations.
- 1 x eSATA port
- Standard, high performance eSATA port for connecting drives to the KillDisk
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
- Standard USB 2.0 ports. May be used for connecting storage devices or
peripherals (i.e. mouse and keyboard) to the system.
- 1x HDMI port
- Standard HDMI port. May be used to connect an external monitor to the
KillDisk Desktop system.
- 1 x VGA port
- Standard VGA port. May be used to connect an external monitor to the
KillDisk Desktop system.
- 2 x Ethernet port
- Ethernet ports for networking with the system.
Thecus Lights and Indicators
The system has two main areas with lights and indicators: the chassis and the
individual hard drive bays. This section will outline what these indicators
Figure: Thecus LED indicators
The chassis has 5 LED indicators along the left side of the hardware unit, each
indicating toward different states of the system.
Table 1. Chassis light indicators
|1 - Activity Indicator
||Flashes during any KillDisk active process, such as Erase,
Examine, loading, etc.
|2 - LAN 1 Indicator
||Lights up when the LAN 1 port is used.
|3 - LAN 2 Indicator
||Lights up when the LAN 2 port is used.
|4 - Not used
|5 - Critical Error Indicator
||Lights up in red when a critical error occurs in the
Disk bays have their own LEDs that are utilized to give the user information on the
current status of the individual bay (or disk using the bay).
Table 2. Chassis light indicators
|6 - Active Disk Indicator
||Green, solid when disk bay is being used.
|7 - Disk Status Indicator
||Green, flashing - Read/write activity
|Red, solid - erase finished
|Red, flashing - read/write error
Figure: Thecus chassis for five disk bays, disk swapping
Figure: Thecus chassis for five disk bays, front panel controls and display