SuperImager 8” NVMe+SATA Combo Portable Complete Field Forensic Investigation

MediaClone new product release: A portable powerful multi ports Forensic Imager and a Complete Forensic Field Investigation unit, running Linux/Win open OS in a dual boot, that supports many different kinds of digital storage devices includes the latest of NVMe SSD.

The unit has two built-in NVMe ports which enable the user to image from one Suspect NVMe SSD to one Evidence NVMe SSD at a high-speed of 93.7GB/min. The unit is supplied with two PCIE U.2 external cables plus two external NVMe to M.2 adapters with mounting and locking brackets. The external PCIE U.2 cables provide a flexible solution to cover both NVMe M.2 and 2.5” U.2 SSD form factors.

In addition, the unit has two built-in SATA ports, one e-SATA port (4 via the supplied TB Expansion Box), eight USB3.0 ports and a high-speed Thunderbolt 3.0 port with 40Gb/s bandwidth.

The SuperImager application allows the user to image drives across ports and interfaces, for example, image an NVMe SSD to a SATA drive or image an NVMe SSD to a USB flash drive, and so on.In the recent years, there has been an increase in the use of NVMe SSDs in MacBook laptops. NVMe is a non-volatile storage media that is attached via the PCIe bus. It uses PCIe communication and storage protocols to reduce the I/O overhead and brings various improved performances and reduced latency in comparison to SATA SSDs. Using the PCIe 3.0 bus enables NVMe SSDs to achieve even a higher performance, and can run at incredible speeds.

When running a full forensic data capture at a blazing speed (93.7GB/min*), or running SHA-1 HASH on a NVMe SSD at extreme speed (73.5GB/min*), heat dissipation is another design consideration, which affects the performances of the SSD.
M.2 NVMe adapters are not designed for external use and an additional locking mechanism is needed.

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The SuperImager NVMe + SATA combo unit is designed to address some of those challenges to become an effective and usable tool among Forensic users.

The SuperImager application enables the user to power-on the plugged NVMe SSDs, scan the PCIe bus for the attached storage devices, and run the desired operation. For a continued operation, the user can power off the drives, then plug a new set of SSDs and run another operation.

The unit is configured with a dual boot capability to run under Linux and Win8.1. The Windows side is mostly used with third-party applications, such as Cellebrite for cellphone data extraction; Encase, Nuix, FTK, and Paraben for Forensic analysis; ADF for Forensic triage; Wireshark for network packet analysis, and more.

This solution is also supplied with a Thunderbolt 3.0 to PCIE compact Expansion Box with a PCIE SATA controller having four eSATA ports. Each of the eSATA ports can run at up to 30GB/min, which brings the complete solution to a total of seven SATA ports. The user also can plug various PCIE controllers in the Thunderbolt 3.0 box to support SAS, FC, SCSI, or more NVMe storage devices, or plug a 10Gb/s Ethernet card to connect to a fast network.

The SuperImager forensic application that runs under Linux supports the following operation: Selective Imaging (files and folders), Complete Imaging (Mirror Image, DD, E01/Ex01 with compression and multiple compression engines, Mixed Capture Mode of DD and E01), Virtual Drive Emulator, Encryption/Decryption on the fly, simultaneous HASH calculation (can run all the 3 HASH engines MD5, SHA-1/SHA-256 at the same time), Drive Sanitizing, File Viewing, Remote Capture from un-opened laptops and tablets (for Intel-based CPUs), Save or Capture to or from Network, Keyword Search and some user features such as remote access, scripting, and loading/saving unit settings.

*A speed test was performed using one source drive of Samsung 128HB MZVPW128HEGM and one Target drive of Samsung MZVPV512HDGL

SuperImager Plus 8" NVME + SATA combo

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