It’s like christmas here at the CRC!

So today I received more toys to play with…

In addition to receiving funding to purchase a Kryoflux I was also able to purchase some additional kit to complement our growing forensic workstation.

SATA docking station with 500GB SSD

SATA docking station with 500GB SSD

At present our quarantine PC is not backed up through the university’s regular back up procedures owing to the fact that 99% of the time the PC is not connected to the network. This left us with a bit of a black hole in our risk management procedures for processing digital objects. So after a bit of research I decided to purchase a docking station and a 500GB SSD. I chose a docking station option largely because it will give us flexibility and portability to use not just in-house but offsite too. The SSD was chosen to minimise risk of damage to the drive if being transported and because it’s more compact and easy to store when not in use (space, including draw space, here is at a premium!). This particularly docking station is primarily set up to receive SATA storage devices but I have purchased an adapter than can convert it to an IDE docking station, to give us additional flexibility. In case its of interest its really simple to set up for a novice, non-techie archivist such as myself.

Tableau Forensic Bridge connected to SATA SSD

Tableau Forensic Bridge connected to SATA SSD

I’ve also purchased a Tableau t35 Forensic Bridge. This is a hardware write blocker that acts as an intermediary between the original device and the quarantine PC. To it we can connect most externally acquired HDD or our own storage devices (which may have been used to conduct an offsite transfer). It is then connected to the host PC via a USB 3.0 connection. This particular write blocker can connect to SATA or IDE devices.

Whilst I’ve already put the docking station and SSD through its paces, I’ve yet to play, formally, with the write blocker. When I do I’ll be sure to post my experiences here, but at least we have kit available to help support the forensic acquisition of digital collections if and when they do come to us from external sources!

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