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TaskForce Hardware Unit

To support multiple simultaneous imaging sessions and other processes running on its 18 ports at top speeds, TaskForce unit is built on extremely robust, high-capacity components that include a server-grade motherboard, 8-thread Xeon CPU 3.7 GHz and ECC RAM. To ensure high quality and efficiency of our tools, we test them on hundreds of storage devices.

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The device can be used in standalone mode via touch screen on top of the device.

Ports, indicators & switches


TaskForce backside

The second indicator is located on the front panel, its blinking reflects busy/idle status of the attached device.

Source/target switch on each of 18 ports enabling write protection in source mode.

LED indicators: two indicators for each of 18 ports. One indicator is located next to the port’s source/target switch and lights up when source mode is enabled.

Two 10Gb Ethernet ports

Other ports: Serial RS232, IDE power, VGA, RS-232, DC IN 24V

Supported hard drive interfaces: SATA I/II/III, SAS3 (12Gb), USB 2.0/3.0, IDE

Power switch

TaskForce touch and IP screens

Flash card support via card reader attached to any USB port


Main display: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

IP display: OLED (20x2 characters)

TaskForce right side

Physical / Environmental

Other specs

  • Internal OS: Linux running a custom kernel
  • Control interface: web-based TaskForce application
  • Detachable 250 GB SSD for internal case management database
  • WiFi 802.11n 150 Mb/s adapter in access point mode for easy connectivity

Inside TaskForce

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TaskForce hardware unit is essentially a small server grade computer running Linux. But because neither BIOS, nor Linux kernel was designed to handle hard disk failures, we have invested a significant amount of research and development efforts which allowed us to build a highly customized and fine-tuned Linux kernel that fully overcomes these issues. Additionally, this kernel features:

TaskForce also features Atola's proprietary circuitry for ultimate drive's power control:

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These features are a must for proper handling of damaged drives.

For instance, low-level control of the SATA, USB and IDE ports allows TaskForce to deal with devices that do not properly initialize, have many bad sectors, or frequently freeze due to internal (mechanical) failures. SATA PHY control allows resetting a frozen hard drive without a power cycle which saves quite a bit of time while imaging, and reduces the chances of further hard disk degradation and failure. Current sensing allows TaskForce to diagnose a failed drive even if it has electronic or mechanical damage.

Overcurrent protection detects when the drive draws abnormal current and stops it to prevent any further damage. Overvoltage protection circuit ensures that in the unlikely event of the TaskForce unit malfunction, the attached drives are not damaged in any way. TaskForce unit is fully controlled by the software via Chrome browser, therefore no Linux experience is required to operate it.