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Forensic RTX

Portable write-blocked access for SATA or PATA drives

  • Professional drive write blocking
  • Reliable evidence protection
  • Rotate drives to injest continuously
  • Simple operation

Lawyers, forensics investigators, and techs who want to analyze evidence or image drives in the lab or field rely upon the CRU® WiebeTech® RTX®. Use the unit in the lab, or carry it with the heavy-duty handle that allows for easy transport.

This desktop-based storage enclosure allows investigators to examine 3.5″ IDE/PATA or SATA drives in easy-to-use write-blocked bays and copy data onto SATA drives.

Write-blocked drive bays prevent data from being written back to the drive. Using WiebeTech’s proprietary write-block technology offers easy read-only access to suspect hard drives through high speed FireWire 800 (400 compatible), USB 3.0, or eSATA interfaces. WiebeTech’s write-block technology is compatible with forensic acquisition and analysis software. Each bay offers both dual FireWire 800 (400 compatible) and single USB and eSATA ports.

The Forensic RTX also offers TrayFree™ drive-swapping, allowing fast insertion and removal of drives from the enclosure without needing tools.

Various software applications exist which allow a user to create or modify a Host Protected Area (HPA) or Device Configuration Overlay (DCO) table on a hard drive. There are four LEDs on the front of the Forensic RTX which alert you to the presence of Hidden Areas (HPAs or DCOs) on a drive in any of the four bays.

Additional features

  • 1st and 3rd bay are write blocked
  • 1st bay is either IDE/PATA or SATA
  • 3rd bay is SATA
  • 2nd and 4th (SATA) bays are read/write for captured data
  • Compatibility with forensic acquisition and analysis software
  • All-metal construction
  • SATA bays are shock absorbing for drive protection
  • 3-year warranty
  • Free US-based customer support


Product name Forensic RTX
Host (I/O) Ports (4) pairs of FireWire 800: up to 800 Mbps
(4) USB 3.0: up to 5 Gbps
(4) eSATA: up to 3 Gbps
Drive Types Supported
  • PATA/IDE 3.5 (SATA+PATA version only)
  • SATA 2.5″ drives (via included adapter)
  • SATA 3.5″ drives
SATA Speed 3G
Bay Type TrayFree
Insertion Rating up to 50,000 drive insertions
Number of bays 4
Lockable Bays Yes
Number of LEDs 14
Description of LEDs HPA/DCO detected (one for each bay), write-block indicator (for bays 1 & 3)
LEDs on each bay Power and drive access
Detects/reports HPA/DCO Yes
Allows HPA/DCO override Yes, user-configurable options
Handle Yes
Fan(s) 8cm magnetic levitation fan
Power switch 2 position: On / Off
Dimensions 10.63″ x 6.97″ x 9.09″ (270mm x 177mm x 231mm)
Weight 14.60 lbs. (6.62 kg)
Write Blocking Yes (2 bays)
Compliancy FCC, CE, RoHS
Warranty CRU provides a 3-year limited warranty for this product.
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