How To Install And Use The Optional Thunderbolt I/O Card On Logicube’s Falcon-NEO

Welcome to Logicube’s tutorial on the optional Thunderbolt I/O card on the Forensic Falcon-NEO. In this session, we’ll show you how to install and use this card.

The optional Thunderbolt I/O card connects directly to Falcon-NEO’s source or destination I/O card ports. This card allows you to image directly to or from Thunderbolt USB C, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 external drives and enclosures. The Thunderbolt card comes with a labelled replacement door for the Falcon-NEO, along with a small screwdriver.

To install the card, first turn the Falcon-NEO over to see three port doors: two on the source side and one on the destination side. Begin by removing the door from the port where you want to insert the card. Once the door is removed, you will see a yellow and black cable which has a connector on one end. This connector should be inserted into the power port on the I/O card.

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Once the cable is connected, proceed to slide the cable into the port, and slide the pin side of the card into the socket at the back of the port. You will then need to use the supplied screwdriver to screw down the two small screws on the left and right side of the card, into the post seen here.

Once the card is firmly installed, you can then proceed to slide the labelled door over the port and insert the screw to lock it in place. You will now see the Thunderbolt USB-C port connector exposed, and you’re ready to connect any Thunderbolt USB-C, USB 3.1 Gen 2, external drive or storage enclosure to the Falcon-NEO and begin imaging, wiping or hashing these drives.

Any Thunderbolt external drive or storage enclosure connected to the I/O port will show up as a source or destination, depending where you’ve installed the I/O card and connected the drive, within the Falcon-NEO GUI as seen here.

Adding the Thunderbolt 3 USB C I/O card to the Falcon-NEO ensures forensic investigators are prepared to capture evidence data from these types of devices when they are encountered in the field or in the lab. Organisations using large capacity Thunderbolt storage enclosures for evidence data collection can now take advantage of Thunderbolt 3 technology’s blazing fast transfer speeds to shorten the acquisition process.

Thank you for your interest in Logicube’s premier forensic imager, Falcon-NEO. We hope you found this tutorial informative. To learn more about the Falcon-NEO, please visit our website at or contact our sales team at

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