Atola Technology Shows How To Tackle Acquisition Of Growing Data Volumes

In the recently published survey by Forensic Focus, it was the volume of digital data per case that was named one of the biggest challenges facing forensic examiners these days. Over 23% of respondents agreed that this, along with the increase in the number of cases (nearly 5%), has become a pressing issue. To tackle this problem, Atola Technology has developed Atola TaskForce, a hardware forensic imager capable of imaging multiple drives at their top speeds, cumulatively achieving the overall speed of 15 TB/hour!“In the times when the volume of digital evidence grows drastically, storage devices become bigger yet their data transfer rates do not keep up, technology providers are compelled to fill the gap and create solutions that would enable fast forensic imaging of data storage devices,” says CTO Vitaliy Mokosiy. “Just as Intel revolutionized personal computer industry over a decade ago by introducing multi-core processors, Atola TaskForce with its 8-threaded Xeon CPU allows for a way faster, optimized evidence acquisition process from 12 or more drives simultaneously and reaches 15 TB/hour imaging speed.”

All 18 ports of the hardware unit can be used as either a source or a target thanks to the Source/Target switch on each port. In Source mode, write protection is enabled.

The 18 ports include
– 6 SATA
– 6 SATA/SAS
– 4 USB
– IDE
– Extension slot (for Atola Thunderbolt, Apple PCIe SSD and M.2 PCIe/SATA SSD extension modules).

Source evidence drives can be imaged to up to 5 targets each. Targets may include other drives or E01/RAW files located on a network server. TaskForce is equipped with two 10Gb Ethernet ports, thus enabling high data transfer rates.


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Although damaged drive capabilities remain among Atola’s top priorities, with TaskForce, the company’s focus has been on creating reliable and forensically sound acquisition process for large volumes of evidence data.

About Atola Technology
Atola Technology is a hardware and software development company founded in 2003 and based in Vancouver, Canada. The company’s software engineers, including its founder and CEO Dmitry Postrigan, have deep expertise in data and firmware recovery and focus on creating highly efficient and user-friendly imaging tools.

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