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Working with MacBooks via Thunderbolt extension module

Thunderbolt extension enables Insight to operate on all MacBooks with FireWire, Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt 3 interfaces. There is no need to remove the SSD, Thunderbolt extension allows connecting the whole Apple laptop to Insight.

The extension module comes with:

Cable adapters

Cable adapters

Connecting MacBook to DiskSense unit

1. Connect MacBook to DiskSense unit with the help of Thunderbolt extension and the FireWire cable ( NB Both MacBook and DiskSense have to be turned off). Use the adapters to connect to the MacBooks with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt 3 interface.

2. Start DiskSense unit and launch Atola Insight Forensic on your computer.

3. Boot the MacBook in Target Disk Mode. To do that, start it up while holding down the T key. You should see a Firewire or Thunderbolt icon displayed on screen signifying that Target Disk Mode is detected and working.

MacBook drive and DiskSense unit connected

MacBook drive and DiskSense unit connected

4. Select Identify device option in the pop-up window.

5. In Source - Select MacBook Case window click Add new case button.

Select MacBook Case

Select MacBook Case

6. If this is the first time this MacBook is identified by Insight, you need to enter the Serial number of the MacBook in the pop-up window and click OK. The device has been identified. ( NB MacBook's serial number can be found on the bottom case).

MacBook's serial number

MacBook's serial number

Now you can perform these operations with the connected MacBook:

When a MacBook is connected to Insight for a subsequent session, you can simply select the appropriate case from the table.

Open existing MacBook case

Open existing MacBook case