Compact Drive

(CX.0001002 / CX.0001073)

Supported Cameras and Recording Formats

The CODEX Compact Drive can be used as recording media for the ARRI ALEXA Mini LF and ALEXA 35 camera systems.

To ensure compatibility with all available Compact Drive media types we recommend always running the most up to date Software Update Package (SUP) for your camera.

The 1TB Compact Drive (CX.0001002) supports all recording formats and frame-rates on the ALEXA Mini LF. Maximum frame-rate for some recording formats is limited on the ALEXA 35.

The 2TB Compact Drive (CX.0001073) supports all recording formats and frame-rates on the ALEXA Mini LF and ALEXA 35.

IMPORTANT: 

  • 1TB Compact Drives (Rev A or Rev B) which have had firmware updates to allow them to work on the ALEXA 35, require ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.1.1 or above to be supported.
  • 1TB Compact Drives (Rev A or Rev B) which have been sent to CODEX for service will have been updated to the latest firmware and will require ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.1.1 or above to be supported.
  • Please check the SUP Compatibility Tables below to ensure your camera is running a compatible SUP for your Compact Drives.


ALEXA 35 SUP Compatibility Table

Serial Number starting 
Capacity 
ModelRevisionMinimum Required SUP
1002 or 1021TBCX.0001002                    
Rev A *          
1.0.3 Revision 3                                   
5021TBCX.0001002Rev B *
1.0.3 Revision 3
6021TBCX.0001002Rev C 
1.0.3 Revision 3
1732TBCX.0001073Rev A1.0.3 Revision 3
2732TB   
CX.0001073Rev B1.0.3 Revision 7
373
2TB
CX.0001073Rev C
1.2.0

IMPORTANT:

*1TB Compact Drive Rev A and Rev B require a  firmware update in ALEXA 35 on initial use. The camera will prompt you to update firmware if required.


ALEXA Mini LF SUP Compatibility Table

Serial Number starting Capacity Model                              Revision   Minimum Required SUP             
1002 or 1021TBCX.0001002Rev A
6.0.0  /  7.1.1**
5021TBCX.0001002Rev B7.1.0  /  7.1.1**
6021TBCX.0001002Rev C7.1.1
1732TBCX.0001073Rev A7.1.1
2732TBCX.0001073Rev B7.1.2 Revision 39
373
2TB
CX.0001073Rev C
7.3.0


IMPORTANT: 

  • ** Minimum ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.1.1 or above is required for 1TB Compact Drives which have had a firmware update in the ALEXA 35.
  • 1TB Compact Drives (Rev A or Rev B) which have been sent to CODEX for service will have been updated to the latest firmware and will require ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.1.1 or above to be supported.


Important Information - ALEXA 35 SUP 1.2.0:

ALEXA 35 SUP 1.2.0 or above is recommended for full support of all CODEX Compact Drives.

ALEXA 35 SUP 1.2.0 or above is required in order to use Rev C 2TB Compact Drives (CX.0001073 with serial numbers starting "373...").

ALEXA 35 SUP 1.03 Revision 7 or above is required in order to use Rev B 2TB Compact Drives (CX.0001073 with serial numbers starting "273...").


Important Information - ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.3.0:

ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.3.0 or above is required in order to use Rev C 2TB Compact Drives (CX.0001073 with serial numbers starting "373...").


Important Information - ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.1.2:

ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.1.2 or above is required in order to use Rev B 2TB Compact Drives (CX.0001073 with serial numbers starting "273...").

Compact Drives with serial numbers starting "273..." require ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.1.2 or above. They will not be recognised as recording media on earlier ALEXA Mini LF SUP's.


Important Information - ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.1.1:

ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.1.1 or above is required in order to use 2TB Compact Drives (CX.0001073), as well as 1TB Compact Drives (CX.0001002) which have been updated for use on the ALEXA 35.

Compact Drives with serial numbers starting "602..." require ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.1.1 or above. They will not be recognised as recording media on earlier ALEXA Mini LF SUP's.

Download the ARRI Email Newsletter for more information.


Important Information - ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.1.0:

ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.1 introduced a new 2.8k 1:1 recording format. In order to support an HDE workflow with the ARRIRAW 2.8k 1:1 format you will be required to install CODEX Device Manager 6.0.1-05744 or above.

Compact Drives with serial numbers starting "502..." require ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.1.0 or above. They will not be recognised as recording media on earlier ALEXA Mini LF SUP's.

Compact Drives starting with serial numbers "102..." can be used with any ALEXA Mini LF SUP (Except for those updated to work on the ALEXA 35 - see Important Information - ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.1.1 above.)

Supported CODEX Media Stations

The CODEX Compact Drive can be used with the following CODEX Media Stations:

Media stationProduct codeAdaptor required?
Compact Drive Dock - Thunderbolt 3CX.0001007No
Compact Drive Reader - USB-CCX.0001005No
SXR Capture Drive Dock - Thunderbolt 3CDX-75013-1*CX.0001009
SXR Capture Drive Dock - Thunderbolt 2CDX-75013, CDX-75014*CX.0001009
Capture + Transfer Drive Dock - Thunderbolt 3CDX-62102-3*CX.0001009

IMPORTANT:

*The Compact Drive Adaptor (CX.0001009) cannot be used in any recorder or camera (including the ARRI ALEXA SXT, LF or 65)  to record to a Compact Drive.

Capacity

The user capacity of the CX.0001002 model is 960 GB.

The user capacity of the CX.0001073 model is 1920 GB.

Offload speed

Assuming that the Compact Drive Reader is connected via USB-C (to achieve ~1GB/s speeds), and that the backup storage is fast enough to write at ~1GB/s, the download time for 960GB of data would be 16 minutes. If a copy application is used to perform a verification pass (recommended) then this will add some overhead to the process - depending on the type of checksum and verification method used it may double the overall download time.

Here are some approximate download times for a full 960GB Compact Drive containing 32 minutes of ALEXA Mini LF 4.5K OpenGate MXF/ARRIRAW recording (at 24fps), along with the data rate that the backup storage would need to achieve them*:

Reader or dockDownload time (960GB)Data rate
Compact Drive Reader via USB A-C cable
(0.9A from host, amber LED)
89 minutes180MB/s
Compact Drive Reader via USB C cable
(1.5A from host, green LED)
29 minutes550MB/s
Compact Drive Reader via USB-C cable
(3.0A from host, blue LED)
16 minutes1000MB/s
Compact Drive in Adapter in Capture Drive Dock
(Thunderbolt 2)
12 minutes1400MB/s
Compact Drive Dock (Thunderbolt 3)
6 minutes
2700MB/s
Compact Drive in Adapter in Capture Drive Dock
(Thunderbolt 3)
6 minutes2700MB/s
Compact Drive in Adapter in Capture + Transfer Drive Dock
(Thunderbolt 3)
6 minutes2700MB/s


Notes

  • These tests were performed using an iMac Pro 10-core system with 3GHz Xeon processor.
  • If you have enabled HDE in Device Manager, your offload speeds may be limited by your computer’s available CPU processing.
  • Offload speed with different copy tools may vary. 
  • Checksum verification (recommended) will require additional time and reduce the overall offload speed.

Erasing / Formatting

The Erase option in Device Manager is a good way to prepare your Media to return to camera once all data has been safely offloaded. You will then be prompted automatically to format the Compact Drive once it is loaded back on camera.

The Format option in Device Manager is not required for CODEX Recording Media.

Warning: There is no ‘undo’ option after Media has been formatted or erased, so only use these options once all critical data has been securely backed up to another storage location.

When a Compact Drive is reformatted in the ALEXA Mini LF a secure erase operation is performed. This means that data is entirely deleted and recovery is not possible.

If a Compact Drive is reformatted or erased on a computer, then in some cases it may be possible to recover. Please contact CODEX Support.
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