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Benchmark of the upcoming Atola Insight Forensic 4.2

In modern world hard drives are getting bigger and bigger. Amounts of data stored grow every day and demand more efforts from forensic experts. Thus, the performance of the data acquisition process becomes more and more critical.

One of the major improvements in the upcoming 4.2 release is a significant speed-up of core disk operations:

  • Imaging
  • Hashing
  • Comparison
  • Wiping

Here are the latest benchmark results:

Atola Insight Forensic 4.2

Atola Insight Forensic 4.1/4.0

Disk imaging 418

391

Disk imaging with MD5

418

385

Disk imaging with SHA-1

312

312

MD5 calculation  449

371

SHA-1 calculation

312

312

Comparison with pattern 458

374

Disk wiping 470

447

Values represent Megabytes per second (MB/s).

The tests were performed on this couple of Samsung 840 PRO drives.

Atola Insight Forensic Benchmark SSD Drives

Benchmark screenshots

Disk imaging

Insight 4.2 Imaging Speed

 

MD5 hashing

Insight 4.2 Hashing Speed

 

Comparison with pattern

Insight 4.2 Comparison Speed

 

Disk wiping

Insight 4.2 Wiping Speed

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Atola Insight Forensic 4.1

Today we have released Atola Insight Forensic 4.1.

Our main efforts were put on bug fixing to make Atola Insight Forensic more stable and reliable, and version 4.1 includes over 100 fixes and improvements. The most significant changes are addressed below.

Full Atola Insight Forensic 4.1 change log is available here: Atola Insight Changelog.

Imaging: new Metadata-only option

New Metadata-only imaging mode allows copying of absolutely minimum amount of data for file browsing to work, this allows for imaging of specific files.

All sectors with metadata

Creating imaging sessions from File Recovery

It is now possible to create an imaging session that would include sectors of specific files. It works perfect together with the new ‘All sectors with metadata’ option in Imaging. So here’s the most quick scenario to image a pack of files:

  1. Start imaging with ‘All sectors with metadata’ selected.
  2. After imaging finishes, switch to target port and go to File Recovery.
  3. Find files you need to image and select them.
  4. Click ‘Image selected…’ button.
  5. Start new imaging session that copies data of the selected files.
  6. Re-visit File Recovery and see the files are 100% copied.

 

Automated sector analysis

Automated sector analysis was built in to Disk Editor and Imaging. When viewing sectors, known metadata is automatically parsed into a human-readable form.

Metadata types supported:

  • Master boot record
  • NTFS boot sector
  • NTFS file record
  • NTFS index
  • HFS volume header
  • HFS plus B tree header
  • ext super block
  • exFAT boot sector
  • FAT32 boot sector
  • FAT boot sector

File Record

File Record Parsed

 

Watch this screencast to see how you can analyse copied data right during Imaging:

 

Imaging presets

Imaging settings can now be saved into custom presets. Export/import operations will be added in Insight v.4.2

Imaging Preset

 

How to order

You can order Atola Insight Forensic from us directly, or from a distributor near you:

http://atola.com/wheretobuy/

Official Video about Atola Insight Forensic

We hope you’ll enjoy it!

Pre-order Atola Insight Forensic

Today Atola Insight Forensic has become available for pre-ordering.

Feel free to contact our Canadian sales office for a quote.

Tel:
1 888 540 2010
1 416 833 3501
Business hours: 10am – 6pm ET

Contact us via email

Atola Insight Forensic consists of the DiskSense Forensic unit plus the software. Here are some photos of the unit:

Front side

unit1

Right side

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Left side

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Back

unit2

Benchmark of Atola Insight Forensic

We have made a few speed tests to compare the new Atola Insight Forensic with the Atola Insight. Here are the results:

SSD tests

All numeric table values represent speed of operations in MB/s.

Atola Insight Forensic 4.0

Atola Insight 3.2

Disk imaging

391

190

Disk imaging with MD5

385

160

Disk imaging with SHA-1

312

87

MD5 calculation

371

170

SHA-1 calculation

312

90

Comparison with pattern

374

200

Disk wiping

447

235

The tests were executed on this couple of Samsung 840 PRO drives.

Atola Insight Forensic Benchmark SSD Drives

HDD tests

All numeric table values represent maximal speed of operations in MB/s.

Atola Insight Forensic 4.0

Atola Insight 3.2

Disk imaging

201

190

Disk imaging with MD5

201

160

Disk imaging with SHA-1

201

87

MD5 calculation

202

170

SHA-1 calculation

202

90

Comparison with pattern

201

190

Disk wiping

202

195

The tests were executed on this couple of Seagate SHDD drives.

Atola Insight Forensic Benchmark HDD Drives