Atola Insight Forensic

Atola Insight 4.17 with AFF4 support

Our dev team has decided to celebrate 2021 with a new software update. With this release, Atola Insight Forensic has become the first forensic hardware imager in the world that is capable of imaging into AFF4 files! AFF4 imager So what’s the big deal about AFF4? This file format has several upsides: Open-source format: it can be described in a court Fast compression methods: Snappy and LZ4 Block hashes Binary zeroes are stored as spans (in a “sparse file” manner) Vendor-neutral Since our team is always focused on performance and AFF4 is a highly optimized file format, Insight’s imaging speed will be as impressive as ever! Another thing worth mentioning Read more…

Atola TaskForce

The importance of ECC RAM in forensic imagers

When working with evidence drives, data integrity is critical. Using ECC memory, which identifies and corrects common single-bit errors, would help dramatically improve data transfer reliability in digital forensic tools. Why use ECC memory Electrical, magnetic or even radioactive interference inside a system, may cause a single bit of DRAM (Dynamic Random-Access Memory) to flip to the opposite state, resulting in an error. While the single-bit error in an ordinary situation could be harmless or have a comparatively mild effect (like a wrongly colored pixel in a .jpeg file), in forensic imaging, it means that the whole image you get is compromised because its hash won’t be identical to that Read more…

Atola TaskForce

How to benefit from the range of sources and targets in Atola TaskForce

How often are you faced with a case with multiple individual devices with different interfaces (HDDs, SSDs, NVMe, USB, etc.) or a whole RAID array? If all you have on your hands is one imager with no parallel imaging capacity, it can result in a prohibitive processing timeline. To help you tackle such cases, we equipped TaskForce with huge performance capacity, backed by server-class hardware: TaskForce handles 12+ parallel imaging sessions on its 18 ports. In this blog, we show how the variety of supported devices can be imaged. Atola TaskForce’s configurability The product has been designed with the configurability, flexibility, and scalability in mind. It all makes TaskForce highly Read more…

Atola TaskForce

Imaging RAID 0 array

TaskForce is equipped with RAID configuration detection module and an ability to sustain multiple high-speed imaging sessions on its 18 ports. This makes it uniquely positioned to perform assembly of RAID with an unknown configuration and fast forensic imaging of such arrays.  Assembling and imaging RAID 0 array To assemble RAID 0 follow these steps: Connect the drives that make up a RAID array to the TaskForce hardware unit. Make sure to switch the ports to the Source mode; Click the RAID button in the left-side taskbar 3. Select the drives in Select source device panel and click Continue Let’s look at the RAID page in TaskForce interface. At the Read more…

Atola TaskForce

Imaging RAID 5 array with Atola TaskForce

Atola supports RAID imaging and provides a breakthrough configuration autodetection module for RAID 0, 1 and 5 with NTFS and ext4/3/2 file systems. More RAID types and file systems will be supported in the upcoming releases with RAID 10 coming by the end of 2020. Here is how to make a RAID image from RAID 5 with an unknown configuration. The RAID array can be imaged as a whole only its individual partitions.

Atola TaskForce

Forensic RAID rebuild in Atola TaskForce 2020.7

Today we are introducing the largest firmware update of Atola TaskForce ever – 2020.7. It adds a new facet to the product turning it into the first forensic hardware RAID imager in the world! I’d like to start by revealing the pain digital forensic experts have these days. Quotes of forensic examiners about RAID image acquisition: “How would one go about imaging a “RAID server” “I will normally use <data recovery tool> to reconstruct they RAID as I like their interface and the ability to manually select different RAID parameters.”  “I am looking for options to Image a RAID storage on a windows 10 computer” “…image the drives individually, and Read more…

Atola TaskForce

Damaged drive imaging with TaskForce: A drive with a damaged head

A damaged hard drive, especially when it comes to evidence drives, requires a complex imaging approach to avoid the drive’s further deterioration and data loss. TaskForce system enhances your working with damaged evidence drives, minimizing the risk of losing data on the working part of the head stack.  Diagnostics and selective head imaging TaskForce’s built-in drive diagnostics module automatically checks all subsystems of the evidence drive. At the end of the diagnostics process, it provides a clear and detailed report about its electronics and motor, head stack, media surface, firmware and file system.  In the Heads section of the diagnostics report, TaskForce forensic imager provides detailed information about the state Read more…