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Extension modules

TaskForce system allows expanding its compatibility with other device interfaces via hardware extension modules.

How to plug an extension module

TaskForce system must be powered off before an extension module can be plugged:

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

Thunderbolt extension module

With the help of Thunderbolt extension module TaskForce supports imaging, hash calculation, write protection on MacBooks with ith the following interfaces:

Connecting MacBook via Thunderbolt extension module

  1. Connect MacBook to TaskForce 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. Power on TaskForce and wait for the booting to be completed.
  4. Open Device menu.
  5. Click the port in Extension section of the Device menu.
  6. In the Enter MacBook serial pop-up window, enter the serial number located on the bottom side of the MacBook and click OK.
Thunderbolt extension

Thunderbolt extension

For more information about working with MacBooks via Thunderbolt extension, read this article in our manual.

Apple PCIe SSD extension module

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

Apple PCIe SSD extension

Apple PCIe SSD extension

M.2 SSD extension module

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

Features M.2 NVMe M.2 SATA M.2 PCIe
All TaskForce operations Partial Partial
Drive hotplug
Power management

M.2 SSD features supported:

  • Max read/write speed: 1300MB/s
  • Damaged drive support
  • Calculate hash
  • Write protection

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

M.2 PCIe SSD extension

M.2 PCIe SSD extension

Connecting an M.2 SATA drive via extension module

  1. Connect the eSATAp cable end to the extension
  2. Power off SATA or SAS port in Atola TaskForce software
  3. Plug M.2 SATA drive into the extension and fix it in place with the plastic latch
  4. Power on SATA or SAS port in Atola TaskForce software

For M.2 SATA, drive hotplug is supported. It allows installing and replacing drives by powering off the extension port in Atola TaskForce software.

M.2 SATA SSD extension

M.2 SATA SSD extension