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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

Atola Insight Forensic is coming out in April

We’re announcing a new product – Atola Insight Forensic, an unmatched data acquisition tool for forensic experts as well as data recovery labs. It will be officially released in the middle of April, and will supersede all of our current products.

What’s new

We’ve made a number of significant improvements in the hardware as well as the software. Here are a few of them:

  • New hardware unit images drives and SSDs faster than any other tool ever existed
  • Supports USB devices (USB 3.0 speed)
  • Supports imaging to multiple targets
  • Ability to run multiple concurrent tasks

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(Click the image for full-size view)

Here is the explanation on what is going on on the screen above:

  • Source hard drive (WD) is being imaged onto 2 targets: Seagate (SATA Target 1 port) and another Seagate (USB 3.0 Target 2 port)
  • At the same time, another WD drive is being scanned for defects (SATA Target 3 port).
  • A hash is being calculated for a Seagate drive that is attached directly to the PC.

We will be releasing more details about Atola Insight Forensic next week, so stay tuned!

New DiskSense Unit. Technical specifications

 

 

Our new DiskSense Forensic unit is much more powerful and versatile than our previous DiskSense Ethernet. At the same time the unit is lightweight and small enough to fit into any bag.

Check out its technical specifications:

  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 7.2 x 2.1 in (196 x 182 x 54 mm)
  • Weight: 2.9 lb (1.3 kg)
  • Source ports: SATA 3.0, USB 3.0, IDE
  • Write protection switch for source ports
  • 6 Target ports:
    • 3 SATA
    • 3 USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed)
  • Serial RS232 port
  • Operation LEDs for all ports and a buzzer
  • Two ethernet interfaces: RJ45 / 1Gbe
  • Internal CPU: Intel Core @ 2.8 GHz
  • Internal OS: Linux running a custom kernel
  • Supported hard drive interfaces: SATA I/II/III, USB 1/2/3, IDE
  • Flash card support via card reader attached to any USB port
  • Power consumption: 60 Watt average, 200 Watt peak
  • Supply Voltage: 100 – 240 VAC, 50-60 Hz

 

New Atola DiskSense Unit

Meet our best piece of hardware ever. Small, reliable and extremely fast.

More news to come soon!

DiskSense Forensic unit

Atola Insight 3.2 released

We have just released a software update for Atola Insight and it is available for immediate download.

More than 150 features and bug fixes were implemented in Atola Insight 3.2. We would like to introduce new key features right now.

Password recovery for modern Seagate and WD drives

We implemented smart internal algorithms for all modern WD drives. Automatic password removal for F3 Seagate HDDs is now supported.

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Head map support for Seagates with physical sector size of 4K

Selective head-by-head imaging and diagnostics for all Seagate drives with 4KB physical sector size was added to Insight 3.2.

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Transferring cases between PCs

With Insight 3.2, you can export entire case history and all reports for a certain hard drive into a single package file. Then this package file can be sent to a colleague in another location. After that he or she can easily import this file and continue working on the case.

Improved case search

“Open case” view became much more convenient for use:

  • Instant case history view after case selection
  • Added creation and last open date search conditions
  • Totally revamped UI

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Progress bar zoom in Imaging

Imaging in Insight 3.2 represents new features when you can see detailed sector intervals in progress bar via zoom-in action. Thusly, you can overlook non-imaged blocks of damaged drives and jump more precisely in the zoomed mode.

In the screenshot below you can see zoomed interval starting from sector 352,382,976 and ending with 360,771,584. All zoom mode shortcuts described in the shown tooltip.

Analyse new head graphs in Automatic Checkup

HDD access speed got the new visual representation per each head. Now you can see how fast drive heads perform at beginning, middle, and end of media surface.

Other major Atola Insight 3.2 changes
  • DiskSense Ethernet now better handles short network outages
  • Imaging: Added “Next Head” button to instantly skip to the next head
  • Insight will now verify Target media for partitions and will output a warning if partitions are detected
  • Disk identification timeout can now be specified via Preferences
  • Password recovery can now reset a password temporarily, until a power cycle (nothing is written onto hard drive)
  • Reports can now be exported into PDF, HTML, RTF formats
  • When specifying sector ranges in Insight, abbreviations can now be used, i.e. 3M -> 3000000, 40K -> 40000

Full Atola Insight 3.2 change log is available here: Atola Insight Changelog.

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