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Extension Modules

DiskSense unit Extension port

The DiskSense Unit was built to have an opportunity of being widely enhanced with hardware add-ons. It contains PCI Express port on one of the side panels which is labeled as Extension. It allows to attach any Atola hardware extension supported by Atola Insight Forensic software.

You can place an order for any DiskSense unit extension here: Where to buy

Warranty for Extensions = 1 Year from date of purchase.

Currently supported extension modules are:

SAS extension module

SAS drive extension module

Technical specifications:

  • SAS interface: 6 Gbit/s
  • Max read/write speed: 500 MB/s
  • Damaged drive support
  • Hotplug for SAS drives is supported
  • Current sensing is supported
  • Short circuit and overvoltage protection is active
  • Write protection

Atola Insight Forensic allows to run most operations for a SAS drive plugged into DiskSense system. There are a few functions that are not available for SAS drives by their nature: Host Protected Area (HPA), Device Configuration Overlay (DCO), Security Features, and SSD Trim. Firmware recovery is also not supported.

SAS extension module plugged into DiskSense unit

10GBit Ethernet extension module

10GBit Ethernet extension module

Technical specifications:

  • Max possible transfer speed: 10 GBit/s
  • Transfer speed received in practice: 400 MB/s
  • 10G copper standard
  • RJ45 (8P8C) connector interface
  • Cat 6 Ethernet cable recommended for optimum performance

The module accelerates the following operations executed with image files: Imaging, File Recovery, Compare, Write from File.

10GBit Ethernet extension module plugged into DiskSense unit

Thunderbolt extension

Thunderbolt extension module

Thunderbolt extension enables Insight to work on MacBooks of all generations with the following interfaces (no SSD removal is necessary, the extension allows connecting insight directly to MacBook):

  • FireWire
  • Thunderbolt 2
  • Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt extension with DiskSense unit

Insight supports the following operations and features on MacBooks when connected through Thunderbolt extension:

  • Imaging
  • Hash calculation and verification
  • Comparing with patterns, image files or other drives
  • Media scan
  • File recovery
  • Write protection
Apple Mac SSD PCIe extension

Apple PCIe SSD extension module

This is the first official extension supported by Atola Insight Forensic. It can process the PCIe SSDs having the custom proprietary M.2 interface within Apple laptops:

  • MacBook Pro, Late 2013 - 2015
  • MacBook Air, 2013 - 2015
The following Insight operations and features are supported for the Apple drives:
Apple Mac SSD PCIe extension plugged into DiskSense unit
  • Drive imaging with 400 MB/s speed (24 GB/min)
  • Damaged drive support
  • SSD Trim
  • Calculate hash
  • Comparison with pattern, image files or other drives
  • Media scan
  • Various device utilities: disk editor, media recovery, etc.
  • Write protection

M.2 PCIe/SATA SSD extension module

Only M key interface drives are supported by this module.

M.2 PCIe/SATA SSD extension

Differences between M.2 SATA and M.2 PCIe support:

Features M.2 SATA M.2 PCIe
All Insight operations Partial (see below)
Drive hotplug
Power management

M.2 PCIe SSD features supported:

  • Max read/write speed: 500 MB/s
  • Damaged drive support
  • SSD Trim
  • Calculate hash
  • Comparison with pattern, image files or other drives
  • Media scan
  • Various device utilities: disk editor, media recovery, etc.
  • Write protection

M.2 PCIe/SATA SSD extension plugged into DiskSense unit