DiskSense 2 vs. DiskSense: What's new?

In 2021, Atola released DiskSense 2, a new high-capacity hardware unit for our best-selling product, Atola Insight Forensic. The new version received more source ports, 10Gbit Ethernet, server-grade hardware and lets you image more drives.

More ports for faster imaging

DiskSense 2 has three SATA source ports instead of one, which, along with server-grade motherboard and CPU, triples the imaging power of Atola Insight Forensic and allows it to run 3 imaging sessions at the same time.

In total, the new hardware unit has 6 source ports:

The target ports are:

  • 3x SATA 3.0
  • USB 3.2

Faster data transfer for higher productivity

DiskSence 2 has two 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, which means you need no extension module to get higher throughput of data. The previous version of our hardware unit had two built-in 1-Gigabit ports and an optional 10-Gigabit extension.

IP display on the front panel

The front panel of the DiskSense 2 hardware unit is equipped with an IP display, so you don't need to memorize an IP address ever again. It is always in front of you, easy and convenient.

Compare DiskSense 2 and DiskSense

DiskSense 2


Source ports

6 source ports

4 source ports

  • 3 SATA 3.0
  • USB 3.0
  • IDE
  • Extension

Write protection

Physical write protection switch for all source ports on the front panel.

Target ports

4 target ports

  • 3 SATA 3.0
  • USB 3.2

6 target ports

  • 3 SATA
  • 3 USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed)


10Gb Ethernet via 2 built-in ports


1Gb Ethernet via 2 built-in ports

10Gb Ethernet via extension module

Motherboard, CPU, and RAM

Server-grade motherboard and CPU, ECC RAM
Desktop-grade motherboard and CPU

IP display

On the front panel

Supported drive interfaces


USB 1.0/2.0/3.x


Flash card support via card reader attached to any USB port

Extension modules


Apple PCIe


Thunderbolt 2 and 3 (2016-2017 models)



Apple PCIe


Thunderbolt 2 and 3 (2016-2017 models)


Damaged drive control

Handling of damaged drives:

  • Full low-level control over SATA, USB and IDE ports
  • Full native SATA support
  • Reset and SATA PHY control for optimal handling of severely damaged drives

Proprietary circuitry for ultimate hard drive's power control:

  • Current sensor for in-depth drive diagnostics
  • Automatic overcurrent and short-circuit protection
  • Overvoltage protection

Auxiliary connections

Serial RS232 port


Serial RS232 port



Write protection LED for source ports, Status LEDs for individual ports, Serial port LED, Power LED

Boot drive

Removable SD card

Internal USB flash drive

Operating system
and control interface

Internal OS: Linux running a highly customized and fine-tuned kernel

  • High-speed DMA data transfers, up to 500 MB/s
  • All BIOS and standard kernel functions are disabled

Control interface: Atola Insight Forensic (Windows application)

  • DiskSense unit is fully controlled by Atola Insight software via the Ethernet interface, hence no Linux experience is required at all in order to operate it


Power consumption

  • 60 Watt average
  • 280 Watt peak

Supply Voltage

  • 100-240 VAC
  • 50-60 Hz


  • 60 Watt average
  • 280 Watt peak


  • 100-240 VAC
  • 50-60 Hz

Size and weight


7.9 x 7.9 x 2.6 in
(190 x 190 x 63 mm)


3.3 lb
(1.5 kg)


7.7 x 7.2 x 2.1 in
(196 x 182 x 54 mm)


2.9 lb
(1.3 kg)

Lifetime warranty

We stand behind our product.

If the hardware unit malfunctions, it's covered by our Lifetime warranty, for as long as your subscription is active.