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Atola insight forensic

Atola Insight Forensic is a fast forensic imaging system produced by Atola Technology capable of diagnosing and imaging damaged and unstable drives. It offers sophisticated data retrieval functions along with utilities for manually accessing hard drives at the lowest level, wrapped in a simple and efficient user interface. The tool is developed by a team of data recovery engineers in collaboration with law enforcement agencies and forensic experts.

The system has several key features for data capture in forensic and e-discovery cases:


  • Fastest in industry imaging speed up to 550 MB/s
  • High-performance multi-pass imaging for damaged drives
  • In-depth Automatic HDD diagnostics
  • Extraction of unknown ATA Passwords
  • Case management system prepares acquisition reports automatically
  • Hash calculation: MD5, SHA1, SHA224, SHA256, SHA384, SHA512
  • Unclip DCO (device configuration overlay) and HPA (host protected area)
  • Forensic data erasure methods including DoD 5220.22-M, Security Erase, NIST 800-88, Pattern Erase
  • File recovery for NTFS (all versions), Ext 2/3/4, HFS, HFS+, HFSX, ExFAT, FAT16, FAT32, APFS
  • Support for SATA, IDE, SAS, USB media
  • Support for Apple PCIe (2013 - recent models), NVMe and M.2 PCIe SSDs via Atola extension modules
  • Built-in write blocker
  • Optional 10Gb Ethernet via extension modules
  • Search of forensic artifacts: GPS coordinates, phone numbers, emails, URLs, IP and MAC addresses, credit card numbers, custom keywords and regular expressions

Major Imaging Parameters:

  • Multi-pass imaging system with adjustable settings for damaged media
  • Linear and segmented hash calculation (pre-hash, during imaging, post-hash)
  • Selective head imaging
  • Handling of freezing drives (automatic reset and power cycle commands)
  • HEX pattern to fill skipped sectors with (00 by default)
  • Automatic split file creation mode: .001, .002, .003, etc.
  • Image file on a source device
  • Create encrypted password-protected VeraCrypt volume on a target drive to store images
  • Creation of E01 segmented files (E01, E02, etc) supported
  • Compare media after imaging and hash verification

Atola Insight Forensic system includes:

  • Atola Insight Forensic software (runs on any Windows PC or laptop)
  • DiskSense hardware unit
  • Hardware extensions (optional)
  • Battery (optional)