Compact Drive Reader (USB-C)

(CX.0001005)

Recording Media Compatibility

The Compact Drive Reader is compatible with the Compact Drive (CX.0001002 / CX.0001073).

Operating Systems

The Compact Drive Reader can be used on Mac, Windows and Linux

OS Versions

The minimum required OS versions to use the Compact Drive Reader are:

  • macOS 10.14.4*
  • Windows 10**
  • CentOS 7
*Please see the Use with Apple Silicon Macs below for more information on compatible versions of macOS.

**For full support of the ARRI UDF file system, we recommend the following Windows versions or above:

  • Windows 10:  2022-06 Cumulative Update KB5014666
  • Windows 11:  2022-06 Cumulative Update KB5014668

Drivers and Licences

No driver or licence is required for the Compact Drive Reader. It can be used as a “plug and play” device.

Device Manager Compatibility and HDE

The Compact Drive and Reader can be used with Device Manager and HDE on macOS (Device Manager and HDE is not available on Windows).

IMPORTANT: Rev C Compact Drive Readers (serial numbers 01055000 and above) will not be recognised by Device Manager 6.0.1 or below. For HDE workflows please update to Device Manager 6.0.2 or higher.

For more information on using a Compact Drive Reader with an Apple Silicon Mac, see the Use with Apple Silicon Macs section.

Connection Speeds and LED's

The connection speed of the Compact Drive Reader depends on the type of USB connection and on the power that is delivered by the host.

We recommend connecting the Reader directly to a USB-C port that is capable of providing the maximum current allowed by USB-C (3A). The Compact Drive Reader will then provide a connection speed of 8 GB/s (1 GB/s). 

A USB-A port can only provide 0.9A and the connection speed will be limited to around 180 MB/s. 

The available power is indicated by the status light on the front of the Compact Drive.

LED colorPower suppliedSpeed
Blue3A from hostApproximately 1GB/s
Green1.5A from hostApproximately 550MB/s
Amber0.9A from hostApproximately 180MB/s
(In this case it is likely that the Compact Drive Reader is connected to a USB-A port.)

NOTES:

Please ensure you are using a suitable cable which provides full USB-C data transfer speeds. For example: An Apple 2m Charge cable is unsuitable. It will provide 3A power, but is restricted to USB-2 data transfer speeds.

A suitable cable for optimum performance will be a USB-IF certified type-C to type-C cable rated for 10Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen2), or a Thunderbolt 3 (passive type) cable.

USB 2.0 ports should not be used as they provide only 0.5A, which will result in poor and unreliable performance.

Connecting the Compact Drive Reader

When using a Mac:

Connect the Compact Drive Reader to the Mac host with the USB-C cable before booting the Mac,

or,

If the Mac is already booted, connect the USB-C cable to the Compact Drive Reader first and then to the Mac host.

Connecting on Mac with either of the above methods will result in the Compact Drive Reader receiving 3A for best performance. Please note that 3A may not be available to the Compact Drive Reader if other bus powered devices are already attached to the Mac.

If the cable is connected to the Mac host first, and then to the Compact Drive Reader second, it may only get 1.5A and have reduced performance.

Compatible Cabling

The following cable types have been tested and are known to work with the Compact Drive USB-C Reader:

  • 0.5m USB-C cable
  • 1m USB-C cable
  • 0.5m Thunderbolt 3 cable (passive type)
  • 1m Thunderbolt 3 cable (passive type)

The quality of different USB-C cables can vary depending on the manufacturer. If you experience reliability issues then try another cable, or a cable from another supplier.

The following cables are known to not work correctly with the Compact Drive USB-C Reader:

  • 2m Thunderbolt 3 cable (active type)

Use with a USB Hub

We do not recommend that you use the Compact Drive Reader via a USB hub, as the power to the device is not guaranteed and this may result in reduced performance.

Using a Thunderbolt 2 > Thunderbolt 3 adapter

Do not use a Thunderbolt 2 > Thunderbolt 3 adapter. They do not pass USB signals and power in the required way. The Compact Drive Reader should be connected to either a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 port.

Safely Ejecting a Compact Drive

Here are the recommended methods to eject a CODEX Compact Drive using macOS and Windows operating systems:

macOS
Using the Device Manager menu bar app, hover over Compact Drive - USB-C and choose the Eject option. Ensure you see the status Unloaded displayed in the summary and that the LED on the media has stopped blinking. It is now safe to remove the Compact Drive from the Compact Drive Reader.

Windows
Use the Safely Remove Hardware option in the taskbar to ensure the Compact Drive is safely unmounted. Ensure the LED on the media has stopped blinking. It is now safe to removed the Compact Drive from the Compact Drive Reader.

PLEASE NOTE:  Removing CODEX media from a Media Station without ejecting it properly could result in data loss.

Use with Apple Silicon Macs


Compatibility Summary

The table below shows the compatibility of Compact Drive Reader revisions on Apple Silicon Macs with macOS versions.  It also details the Device Manager version required or recommended.

Serial NumberHardware Revisionmacos 12.3 and belowmacOS 12.4 and aboveDevice Manager Version
Up to 01052271Rev AIncompatible.Works at ~600MB/s.Device Manager 6.0.2 or higher recommended.*
01052272 - 01054999Rev BWorks at Full Speed.Works at ~600MB/s using factor original firmware.

Works at Full Speed after firmware update.
Device Manager 6.1.0 or higher required for firmware update.**
01055000 and aboveRev CWorks at Full Speed.Works at Full Speed.Device Manager 6.0.2 or higher required.*

*See Device Manager Compatibility and HDE section

**Available on the CODEX Software Downloads page


Compact Drive Readers with Apple Silicon Macs and macOS 12.3 and below


Due to compatibility issues with the Apple Silicon architecture and the USB chips used in the original Rev A Compact Drive Reader, if one of these Compact Drive Readers is used on an Apple Silicon Mac with macOS 12.3 and below, when data is read from the Compact Drive the transfer will stall or fail.

This issue is known to affect all Apple Silicon Macs including M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max , M1 Studio and M2 running macOS 12.3 and below.

Improvements with macOS 12.4 and above

CODEX has worked with Apple to identify a workaround for this issue, which has been applied to macOS 12.4 and above. With macOS 12.4 and above the Rev A Compact Drive Reader will now work on Apple Silicon Macs, but with limited performance (around 600 MB/s).

The change in macOS 12.4 will also temporarily affect the Rev B Compact Drive Readers, which will also then operate at this reduced speed on Apple Silicon Macs until they have a firmware update applied (see Firmware Updates and Device Manager section below).

The change in macOS 12.4 applies the same whether the Compact Drive Reader is directly connected or looped through another device to the Apple Silicon Mac.

Firmware Updates and Device Manager

Device Manager 6.1.0 (available on the CODEX Software Downloads page) and above includes a firmware update that can be used on Rev B Compact Drive Readers to restore full performance when used on an Apple Silicon Mac with macOS 12.4 and above.

With Device Manager 6.1.0 and above, a notification will prompt you to update the firmware on a Rev B Compact Drive Reader if necessary.

With Device Manager 6.1.0 and above, a notification will inform you when a Rev A Reader is connected to an Apple Silicon Mac with macOS 12.4 and above that it will run at limited speed.

For information on updating firmware, please see the Updating Firmware section below.

Support

If you have any further questions or concerns about the compatibility of your Compact Drive Reader, please contact CODEX Support or email support@codex.online.

Use with a Mac Pro 2013

The Compact Drive Reader can be used with a Mac Pro 2013 model, or any Mac that has Thunderbolt 2 ports, in the following setups:

  • Connected to a Sonnet Allegro USB-C PCIe card, which is installed in a Thunderbolt expansion chassis such as the Sonnect Echo Express SE I. In this case the performance will be around 800 MB/s.
  • Connected to a CalDigit TS3 Plus, via the 10 Gbps or 5 Gbps USB-C ports. When connected to the 10 Gbps USB-C port the performance will be around 550 MB/s. When connected to the 5 Gbps USB-C port the performance will be around 375 MB/s.
  • Connected to a USB-A host port on the Mac Pro, using a USB-C to USB-A cable. In this case the performance will be limited to 180 MB/s.
  • The Compact Drive can be used with a Compact Drive Dock TB3 (CX.0001007) connected to the Mac Pro via a TB2 to TB3 adaptor (official Apple adaptors are recommended). This is the highest performance option for offloading data from the Compact Drive to the Mac Pro (2013) with a maximum rate of 1400 MB/s.
  • The Compact Drive can also be loaded into an Adapter (CX.0001009) to work in the Capture Drive Dock (CDX-75013-1) which connects to the Mac Pro (2013) via TB2. This is the highest performance option for offloading data from the Compact Drive to the Mac Pro (2013) with a maximum rate of 1400 MB/s.


The Compact Drive Reader cannot be used with a Mac Pro 2013 model in the following setups:

  • Connected directly to an official Apple TB3 to TB2 adapter, which is then connected to a TB2 port on the Mac Pro. In this case the Compact Drive will not load at all.
  • Connected to the loop through port of a TB3 peripheral or expansion device. In this case the Compact Drive will not stay loaded reliably and result in errors during the copy process. This includes connection to the TB3 downstream port of the CalDigit TS3 Plus.

Updating Firmware

Periodically CODEX will issue firmware updates for CODEX Media Stations. These firmware updates will be included in Device Manager software.

An important firmware update for some Compact Drive Readers, which improves functionality on Apple Silicon computers, is available in Device Manager 6.1.0 and above. Please see the Use with Apple Silicon Macs section for more information.

IMPORTANT:  The information in this section applies to the Compact Drive Reader USB-C (CX.0001005). For information on updating the firmware for all other CODEX Media Stations, please see the Updating Firmware on CODEX Media Stations section on the Device Manager Help Center page.


How to check if a firmware update is available for your Compact Drive Reader

  • Ensure you have installed the latest version of Device Manager from the CODEX Software Downloads page.
    • Please Note:   During installation, two system extensions from 'JMicron’ may need to be granted permission to run in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General.  Choosing ‘Not Now’ instead of ‘Restart’ will avoid having to restart the Mac multiple times.  Restart your computer once all system extensions have been allowed, and Device Manager has completed installation.
  • Connect your Compact Drive Reader and load a Compact Drive.
  • A macOS notification will be displayed (provided you have allowed notifications from CODEX Device Manager) saying: "Dock firmware update available".
  • An exclamation mark will appear inside the Device Manager menu bar icon (see image below).
  • A warning triangle icon will appear next to the Media Station when you open the Device Manager menu (see image below).
  • An Update Firmware... option will appear in the Device Manager menu for any Media Stations where a firmware update is available (see image below).


How to Update Firmware on your Compact Drive Reader

1.  If an update is available, then click the Update Firmware... option in the Device Manager menu. This will open the CODEX Compact Drive Reader FW Update Utility.



2.  Click Run to begin the update.

3.  Once complete the utility will report "Programming successful.  Please disconnect and reconnect the USB device."


4.  Click Exit and disconnect and reconnect the Compact Drive Reader.

Your Compact Drive Reader has now been updated!

Technical Specifications

You can find the Technical Specifications at the bottom of the Compact Drive Reader Product Page.
Our support team is available to answer any questions:

9.00am - 6.00pm telephone and email support is available through our teams in London and Los Angeles.

Codex Support Email: support@codex.online
Codex US Support: +1 323 283 8929
Codex UK Support: +44 203 7000 999
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