Professional hard drive write blocker with read/write capabilities
|Product name||Forensic ComboDock FCDv5.5|
|Patent||U.S. Patent No. 8,090,904|
|Host (I/O) Ports||(1) pair of FireWire 800: up to 800 Mbps
(1) USB 2.0 Micro-B
(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)
SATA 2.5″ drives
SATA 3.5″ drives
SATA SSD (solid state drives)
Hitachi 1.8″ drives (with PATA Adapter 25)
Toshiba 1.8″ drives (with PATA Adapter 18-TOSH)
MacBook Air 2010 (with SATA Adapter MBA2010)
MSATA (with SATA Adapter mSATA)
Mini PCIe PATA (with PATA Adapter mPCIe)
Mini PCIe SATA (with PATA Adapter mPCIe)
Mini PCIe USB (with PATA Adapter mPCIe)
|Sector Size Compatibility||SATA 512n and 512e type drives (incompatible with 4Kn type drives)|
|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|
|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
|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 Protection||write-blocked, with optional read-write mode|
|Compliancy||FCC, CE, RoHS, C-Tick, RCM|
|Warranty||CRU provides a 3-year limited warranty for this product.|
|Technical Support||Your investment in CRU products is backed up by our free technical support for the lifetime of the product. If you need to contact us for any reason, visit wiebetech.com/support or call us at 1-800-260-9800 or +1-360-816-1800.|
Digital and forensics investigators, technicians, and lawyers who want to view, evaluate, or image a drive safely rely upon the CRU® WiebeTech® Forensic ComboDock™. It’s an easy-to-use, professional-grade, dual mode dock that provides a plethora of host and drive connections.
To use, connect a suspect hard drive to the Forensic ComboDock, plug in power, and attach to your computer. The drive connector enables automatic alignment and easy insertion.
When turned on, the Forensic ComboDock 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, or modify Host Protected Areas (HPAs) and Device Configuration Overlays (DCOs) that may be hiding additional data on the suspect drive.
The Forensic ComboDock 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 model FUDv5.5 has USB 3.0, USB 2.0, eSATA, 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.
Whether you’re a forensic investigator, technician, or cyber security analyst, the Forensic
ComboDock is a necessary part of your toolkit. Find a reseller near you or buy online.