Forensic ComboDock v5

Professional hard drive write-blocker with read/write capabilities

  • Professional drive write blocking
  • Dual mode flexibility
  • Reliable evidence protection
  • Simple operation

Digital and forensics investigators, technicians, and lawyers who want to view, evaluate, or image a drive safely rely upon the CRU® WiebeTech® Forensic ComboDock™ v5. It’s an easy-to-use, professional-grade, dual dock that provides a plethora of host and drive connections.

To use, connect a suspect hard drive to the Forensic ComboDock v5, plug in power, and attach to a host computer. The drive connector enables automatic alignment and easy insertion. An included mounting plate can be screwed onto the bottom of the drive to protect the drive’s circuitry.

When turned on, the Forensic ComboDock v5 asks you to choose either write blocking or read/write mode. If you need to modify contents of a suspect drive, switch the Forensic ComboDock into temporary read/write mode.

Even though switching from write blocker mode to read/write mode is easy, the Forensic ComboDock v5 makes it impossible to unintentionally turn off write blocking. This prevents problems that can occur if you forget to change the mode back to write blocking.

The Forensic ComboDock’s LED indicator and easy screen menu also clearly identify the operating mode. You can even detect, remove, create, or modify Host Protected Areas (HPAs) and Device Configuration Overlays (DCOs) that may be hiding additional data on the suspect drive.

The Forensic ComboDock v5 puts drive information at your fingertips. Quickly access selected important SMART data such as hours used, number of power cycles, and disk health. It can also display the model and serial number reported by the drive’s firmware. Free downloadable software can also allow you to view this information on your computer and save it to a file for easy inclusion in a case report.

The Forensic ComboDock v5 has USB 3.0/2.0, eSATA, FireWire 400, and FireWire 800 connections, and works natively with the most common types of hard drives such as IDE/PATA and SATA. But if you need to work with a non-standard drive there are a variety of adapters available for additional flexibility.

Additional features

  • Multiple computer and drive connection types, including USB 3.0
  • Compatibility with forensic acquisition and analysis software
  • Rugged aluminum construction
  • 3-year warranty
  • Free US-based customer support

Specifications

Product name Forensic UltraDock v5
Host (I/O) Ports FireWire 400: up to 400 Mbps
(1) pair of FireWire 800: up to 800 Mbps
(1) USB 3.0: up to 5 Gbps
(1) eSATA: up to 3 Gbps
Drive Types Supported
  • PATA/IDE 2.5″ drives (with PATA Adapter 25)
  • PATA/IDE 3.5
  • Hitachi 1.8″ drives (with PATA Adapter 18-HIT-ZIF)
  • Toshiba 1.8″ drives (with PATA Adapter 18-TOSH)
  • MacBook Air 2010 (with SATA Adapter MBA2010)
  • MSATA (with SATA Adapter mSATA)
  • PCIe PATA (with PATA Adapter mPCIe)
  • PCIe SATA (with PATA Adapter mPCIe)
  • PCIe USB (with PATA Adapter mPCIe)
SATA Speed 3G
Supports S.M.A.R.T. disk info Yes
Number of LEDs 6
Description of LEDs Drive access, HPA/DCO detected, error, power input status, power output status, write-block status
LCD Screen Two-line backlit LCD controlled with four soft-touch menu navigation buttons
LCD Info 2 lines x 16 characters width
LCD Backlight Yes
Navigation menu LCD/button driven menu system
Operating system compatibility Windows XP or later
Windows Server 2003 or later
Mac OS X
Linux distributions that support the desired connection
Detects/reports HPA/DCO Yes
Allows HPA/DCO override Yes, user-configurable options
Construction material(s) Rugged aluminum construction
Power switch 2 position: On / Off
SATA Power Input Yes
Dimensions 2.95″ x 4.33″ x 1.06″ (75mm x 110mm x 27mm)
Weight 0.40 lbs. (0.18 kg)
Write Blocking Yes
Compliancy FCC, CE, RoHS, C-Tick, RCM
Warranty CRU provides a 3-year limited warranty for this product.
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