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Disk Utilities

The Atola Insight Forensic comes standard with a series of utility functions for altering hard drive configuration and stored data. These functions are usually used for conducting research, preparing hard drives for certain actions, or other special case-specific tasks. These capabilities allow the operator to manage cases in a more efficient manner by eliminating the need to use separate additional products for performing minor tasks.

Security features

Set and remove ATA passwords quickly and easily. Using this function, the operator can set and remove the User ATA password (both levels High and Maximum are supported) and change the Master ATA password.

Unknown ATA passwords can be automatically extracted and removed from most hard drives using the Atola Insight Forensic's Password Removal function ( see details).

Manage ATA passwords

Manage ATA passwords

Fill or Erase

Forensic experts are often required to wipe/erase hard drives before they are (re)used to receive forensic images. This is usually done to guarantee the accuracy of the data and at the same time verify the destination drive for any errors by overwriting every sector. The Atola Insight Forensic wipes hard drives at the hard drive's maximum speed using a specified HEX pattern to overwrite the sectors. It can also execute the Security Erase function, perform a Zero-Fill, NIST 800-88, and DoD 5220.22-M compliant wiping.

Various methods of forensic wiping

Various methods of forensic wiping

Calculate Hash

The Atola Insight Forensic can perform hash calculation for both source and target drives simultaneously via a Calculate Hash menu. Moreover, MD5+SHA1 or MD5+SHA256 can be calculated on each drive at the same time.

Supported hash types: MD5, SHA1, SHA224, SHA256, SHA384, SHA512

Hash calculation

Hash calculation

Compare Devices

Compare data stored on any 2 or more devices sector-by-sector. The number of matching and non-matching sectors is listed in real time for reference. This function is used to check whether or not two hard drives are identical.

Finds which sectors differ among devices

Finds which sectors differ among devices

Host Protected Area (HPA)

Access and modify the following hard drive parameters using the Atola Insight Forensic's smooth, user-friendly interface.

HPA access to remove max address limitation

HPA access to remove max address limitation

Unclip HPA/DCO

Automatically removes LBA address restrictions set via Host Protected Area (HPA) or Device Overlay Configuration (DCO).

Automatic HPA and DCO removal

Automatic HPA and DCO removal

Disk Editor

View and modify any HDD sector at the click of a button. Master Boot Records, FAT/NTFS/ext Boot Sector, HFS headers, NTFS File Record and Index structures are automatically detected and parsed into a human-readable form by Insight.

Viewing NTFS record sector

Viewing NTFS record sector

SSD Trim

We recommend "Trimming" SSD drives used as Target media on a regular basis to ensure maximum data transfer speed. Additionally, this module shows how attached SSD behaves during read operations on trimmed sectors.

SSD trim explains the post-effect occurring with data

SSD trim explains the post-effect occurring with data

Device Features

Access and adjust the following HDD features: Advanced power management, Acoustic management and Read/Write caching via the Atola Insight Forensic's smooth, user-friendly interface.

Low-level disk control

Low-level disk control

Media Recovery

Quickly and easily repair so-called "Software Bad Sectors" (sectors with damaged ECC field). This feature is generally used for light bad sector repair.

Media recovery

Media recovery

Generate Bad Sectors

Create a bad sector at any specified LBA by entering the sector number and clicking a single button. Reading of such sectors will now result in an Uncorrectable Error. The change is reversible using the Media Recovery feature, however, all data in such sectors will be lost. This feature is generally used for research.

This function may be useful for testing

This function may be useful for testing

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the HPA and DCO functions used for?