KillDisk station overview

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 activity.
USB 3.0 port
Connect USB devices to KillDisk Desktop with high-speed USB 3.0 support.
5 x LED light indicators
5 LED indicators are used to give feedback to the user on KillDisk oeprations
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 hardware.

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 Desktop hardware.
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 represent.

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
Item Description
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 system.

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
Item Description
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