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Recommended forensic hardware

Discussion of forensic workstations, write blockers, bridges, adapters, disk duplicators, storage etc. Strictly no advertising of commercial products, please.
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jamie
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Re: Recommended forensic hardware

Post Posted: Jan 20, 11 16:33

I think the time has probably come to revisit the "recommended hardware" page at

http://www.forensicfocus.com/recommended-hardware

To quote from thetop of the page: "the focus of the recommendations is on hardware which gets the job done but also represents value for money".

So, with that in mind, what needs to be changed or updated?
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inspectaneck
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Re: Recommended forensic hardware

Post Posted: Jan 21, 11 18:39

The system I configured in August is still running smooth. Total cost was under $1800. I am presently trying to find an LCD that will fit with the computer in a Pelican case for carry-on travel.

I would like to hear feedback about small-lab storage configurations for case files and images.  
 
  

jamie
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Re: Recommended forensic hardware

Post Posted: Jan 21, 11 20:02

- inspectaneck

I would like to hear feedback about small-lab storage configurations for case files and images.


This is a good point, I'd like to be able to include one or two recommended items for this purpose too.

Jamie  
 
  

douglasbrush
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Re: Recommended forensic hardware

Post Posted: Jan 21, 11 23:34

The Thecus solutions have served me well - www.thecus.com/

They have rack mount as well as free standing "tower" designs that actually come in a sturdy enough cardboard box with handle that we keep and use to pack the NAS and take into the field for collections that warrant that.

The 7700PRO in particular is a good fit for most shops IMO.  
 
  

jhup
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Re: Recommended forensic hardware

Post Posted: Jan 22, 11 00:55

I just ordered a Thecus N8800PRO with 5 2TB drives for starters.

What are you using for backup on them?  
 
  

Jonathan
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Re: Recommended forensic hardware

Post Posted: Jan 22, 11 01:54

Recently got a Synology Diskstation DS411+ NAS box, retail at around £500.00 on the basis of reviews for its speed. Had it for a few weeks and very happy with it, data transfers over a Gigabit network do seem very good.
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inspectaneck
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Forensic Laptop for < $2000

Post Posted: Mar 21, 11 04:50

So, my last "mobile" build was a Shuttle system (posted earlier in this thread). I lug it around as need with a 20" LCD and battery backup. It actually works pretty well for anywhere I can drive to. I built it to recommended specs for FTK3, including separate SSD drive for Oracle.

Now it's time to replace my older laptop and get a new laptop for my partner for some on-site law enforcement engagements (not always a good idea to let them provide a computer for us to use : )

I tried to stay around $2000 for each machine and still keep it pretty fast. While I didn't include a SSD drive in these machines, the second SATA drive can be replaced for one later if desired. I haven't made the purchase yet, as the phone rep insisted he could get me a better deal if I emailed him my specs.

I did consider other brands, but this seemed like the best deal for what I wanted. Only thoughts were that there less USB ports than ideal and no firewire, but with an eSata/USB2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, it will be fine.

So, here is the config. You'll also notice I have the Dell Streak included since it was $100. I am happy to hear any comments.

$1,773.99 (pre-tax and shipping)
XPS 17

Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate, 64-Bit, English

Processor
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2720QM processor 2.20 GHz with
Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.30 GHz

Memory 8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory

LCD 17.3" HD+ (900p) LED Display with 2.0MP HD Webcam

Video Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M 3GB graphics with Optimus

Hard Drive 1.0TB 500GB 7.2k HDD x 2

Color Elemental Silver Aluminum

Integrated Network Adapter Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card

CD ROM/DVD ROM Tray Load Blu-ray Disc BD-Combo (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD)

Sound JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3

Wireless Plus Bluetooth Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000

Battery 92 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery

Hardware Support Services 1 Year Basic Service Plan
Free 5-7 day shipping!
Expires Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Carbon Black 16GB Unlocked with Android 2.2 Qty 1
Dell Streak Unit Price $579.99
Add a Dell Streak for $99 on Systems over $699
Limited Time Offer!
- $480.99
Catalog Number: 29 MSCMSY5
Base Dell Streak
Color and Memory Carbon Black 16GB Memory UTMS Unlocked
Services 1 Year Limited Hardware Warranty
Mobile Accessories 3.5mm Stereo headset with microphone and replaceable ear buds
Mobile Accessories Power Supply with US plug
Mobile Accessories Detachable 30pin/USB cable with cable clip
Mobile Accessories 3.7V, 1530mAh Battery
Mobile Accessories Pre-installed MicroSDTM memory card
Mobile Accessories Microfiber pouch
Sub total:$1,773.99
 
 

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