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Extension Modules

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 software.

Extension port location

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

Extension for SAS drive imaging

Technical specifications:

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.
Forensic SAS drive acquisition

10GBit Ethernet extension module

Forensic imaging with 10Gb speed

Technical specifications:

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

Fast forensic imaging to files

Thunderbolt extension module

Forensic imaging of MacBook SSDs

Thunderbolt extension enables Insight to work on MacBooks with the following interfaces:

No SSD removal is necessary: the extension allows connecting insight directly to a MacBook.

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

Forensic acquisition of MacBooks

Apple PCIe SSD extension module

Apple SSD forensic imaging

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:

The following Insight operations and features are supported for the Apple drives:

Forensic acquisition of Apple PCIe SSD

M.2 PCIe/SATA SSD extension module

Only M key interface drives are supported by this module. Differences between M.2 SATA and M.2 PCIe support:

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

M.2 PCIe SSD features supported:

Please note that M.2 extension currently does not support NVMe drives.

To image an NVMe drive, please follow this guide.

Forensic acquisition of Apple PCIe SSD