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Extension modules

Atola Insight Forensic system allows expanding its functionality via hardware extension modules.

How to plug an extension module

DiskSense 2 hardware unit must be powered off before an extension module can be installed:

  1. Power off DiskSense 2
  2. Plug extension module into Extension port
  3. Power on DiskSense 2

SAS extension module

Technical specifications:

Atola Insight Forensic allows to run most operations for a SAS drive plugged into DiskSense 2. 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.

Connecting a SAS drive to DiskSense 2 via SAS extension module

  1. Plug the mini SAS connector into the extension module
  2. Plug the molex power connector into the SATA 1 source power socket
  3. Plug the SAS connector into the drive
SAS extension

Thunderbolt extension module

With the help of Thunderbolt extension module Insight supports imaging, hash calculation and verification, comparing, media scan, file recovery, write protection on MacBooks with these interfaces:

Connecting MacBook via Thunderbolt extension module

  1. Connect MacBook to DiskSense 2 unit with the help of Thunderbolt extension and the FireWire cable. Use adapters if needed (included).
  2. To boot MacBook in Target Disk Mode, start it up while holding down the T key until you see a Firewire or Thunderbolt icon displayed on screen signifying Target Disk Mode.
  3. Start DiskSense 2 unit and launch Atola Insight Forensic on your computer.
  4. Select Identify device option in the pop-up window.
  5. In Source - Select MacBook Case window click Add new case button.
Thunderbolt extension

Apple PCIe SSD extension module

This module supports custom proprietary PCIe SSDs from Apple MacBooks (Mid 2013 - 2015).

Apple PCIe SSD extension

M.2 SSD extension module

Only M key interface drives are supported by this module. Differences between M.2 NVMe, M.2 SATA and M.2 PCIe support:
Features M.2 NVMe M.2 SATA M.2 PCIe
All Insight operations Partial (see below) Partial (see below)
Drive hotplug
Power management
M.2 SSD features:
  • Max read/write speed: 700 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

Connecting an M.2 NVMe or M.2 PCIe drive via extension module

  1. Power off the extension by using the Power button with an LED indicator
  2. Plug the drive into the extension module and fasten it with the sliding retainer.
  3. Power the extension on
  4. Click Re-identify in Insight's interface to initialize the drive in the interface.
M.2 PCIe SSD extension

Connecting an M.2 SATA drive via extension module

  1. Connect the source eSATAp cable end to the extension
  2. Power off source SATA port in Atola Insight Forensic
  3. Plug M.2 SATA drive into the extension and fix it in place with the plastic latch

Drive hotplug is supported. Before replacing hard drives the SATA power must be turned off via the software Power button (for safety reasons).

M.2 SATA SSD extension