CRU-DataPort UltraDock[TM] v5 with USB 3.0 Connectivity.
Article Type: Product/service evaluation
Subject: Computer storage devices (Product/service Evaluations)
Pub Date: 06/22/2012
Publication: Name: The Forensic Examiner Publisher: American College of Forensic Examiners Audience: Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Law; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 American College of Forensic Examiners ISSN: 1084-5569
Issue: Date: Summer, 2012 Source Volume: 21 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Computer Subject: Data storage device
Product: Product Code: 3573210 Memories & Storage Devices NAICS Code: 334112 Computer Storage Device Manufacturing SIC Code: 3572 Computer storage devices
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 293949013
Full Text: CRU-DataPort UltraDock[TM] v5 with USB 3.0 Connectivity

FASTER * LCD SCREEN * MENU * USB 3.0 * DEVICE INFO/S.M.A.R.T. * HPA/DCO TOOLS

UltraDock v5 is an aluminum constructed hardware device that allows access to data on bare 2.5" and 3.5" SATA and 3.5" IDE hard drives via five host interface connections, including USB 3.0. UltraDock[TM] v5 has a user-friendly menu with an LCD screen, and access to S.M.A.R.T drive data, which makes it the most versatile drive dock from CRU-DataPort.

UltraDock[TM] v5 easily connects to host computers with included USB 3.0/2.0, eSATA, FireWire 800/400 host interfaces. Attach a bare hard drive to the dock then connect the dock to a computer and begin to access, set up, diagnose, or repair the drive. UltraDock[TM] v5 provides important drive information such as model, serial number, and S.M.A.R.T data (hours used, power cycles, and disk health). Additionally, UltraDock[TM] v5 can detect, remove, create, or modify HPA (Host Protected Areas) and DCO (Device Configuration Overlays), which are hidden from operating systems. If using non-standard drives, CRU-DataPort offers combo adapters to access 1.8" drives, notebook drives, iPod drives, and nearly all spinning disks.

UltraDock[TM] v5 is an ideal tool for IT professionals or markets where accessibility to bare hard drives is essential. Digital forensic investigators utilize UltraDock[TM] v5 to make copies of evidence gathered in an investigation. Prosumers and digital photographers may use it to quickly access archived drives, particularly when using CRU's RTX TrayFree enclosure systems for backup and archiving. UltraDock[TM] v5 is available through CRU-DataPort resellers for $249 MSRP.

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THE TEST:

This product was tested by the IT department of ACFEI, and the results were quite positive. Our reviewer, Chris Dillard, felt that it was a great way to access bare drives. He used it for many different tasks, from swapping out hard drives and pulling data from one to the other, to checking S.M.A.R.T. data. The software was tested on both Windows 7 and Mac OSX 10.6. It worked well on both. Additionally, the UltraDock[TM] was tested using the USB and Firewire 800 interfaces. Chris used single SATA 2 drives. Chris found the product to be much sturdier than other data transfer devices that he has used.

The forensic version of this product, which we did not have the opportunity to test, also includes a write blocker, which is often used in forensic cases to extract data from hard drives without the risk of damaging or altering the data.

The only potential problem found with the product was that despite all of its interface options, it does lack a 2.5-inch IDE interface. That being said, a separate adapter can be bought, thus eliminating the problem. For all the interfaces the product does have, it also comes with the necessary cables. All in all, the Ultradock[TM] v5 proved to be an excellent tool with quick transfer speeds.
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