The increasing ubiquity of technology means that sometimes computers become part of criminal evidence, and
offers a variety of solutions aimed at those in law enforcement who need to image data quickly and unobtrusively. The company announced on Wednesday that two new versions of its
Forensic Field Kit
are now available.
Both kits feature high-speed, write-blocked FireWire 400/800/USB 2.0 Forensic ComboDock readers that allow forensic professionals to image 3.5-inch IDE and SATA drives without leaving behind traces of their access. The FireWire 800 hardware in the kits transfer data at nearly 50MB per second, which is crucial when search warrants have been issued and the time allowed at a site is limited.
They also include the Forensic Notebook DriveDock, which features a write-blocked 2.5-inch FireWire bridge for accessing the smaller drives found in laptop computers. It directly connects the bridge to the drive, eliminating the need for ribbon cables.
The Forensic ComboDock and Forensic Notebook DriveDock work no matter what operating system is being used. For example, users can still complete imaging on a Windows 2000 computer even when mounting NTFS drives.
Forensic Field Kit 4 comes with a Forensic ComboDock, a regular ComboDock, a SATA adapter for ComboDock, a Forensic Notebook DriveDock, a Regular Notebook DriveDock, a PCMCIA FireWire 400 adapter, an AC adapter, and the necessary FireWire and USB cables. Everything comes packaged in a Pelican hard case for easy carrying to and from crime sites.
Forensic Field Kit 5 contains everything in Forensic Field Kit 4 with the exception of a larger hard case that holds an additional 15 hard drives — 9 3.5-inch drives and 6 2.5-inch drives.
Pricing is US$1,499.95 for Forensic Field Kit 4 and $1,699.95 for Forensic Field Kit 5.