Wiping 18 drives simultaneously with TaskForce
Published by Olga Milishenko
With TaskForce, Atola introduced the fastest and most capable imaging engine to the forensic market. While cumulative imaging speed in TaskForce constitutes 15 TB/h, the engine is capable of wiping up to 18 drives connected to it, thus achieving a cumulative speed of 15TB/h, 20TB/h or even more.
TaskForce’s task-oriented and efficient user interface has been developed with the intention to launch every operation in just a couple of clicks to expedite work with multiple evidence drives.
Atola TaskForce has 18 ports (6 SATA, 6 SATA/SAS, 4 USB, 1 IDE, 1 Extension slot for Atola Thunderbolt, Apple PCIe SSD and M.2 NVMe/PCIe/SATA SSD extension modules), all of which can be used for simultaneous wiping sessions.
TaskForce can wipe 18 devices simultaneously at their top native speeds when using the standard wiping method.
To perform multiple wiping sessions:
- Connect the drives to TaskForce
- Switch the ports, to which the drives are connected, to Target mode by using the individual Source switches on each port
3. In the user interface, click Wipe icon in the left-side taskbar
4. In Select devices window, select a drive
5. Adjust wiping settings:
- the range of sectors to be wiped
- wiping method
- enter a pattern and its format (HEX/ASCII)
6. Click Start.
Wiping process is consecutively launched for each device. Repeat the same with all the drives you want to wipe.
Once the operations are launched, you can track the progress of all tasks in the Homepage, where the percentage of wiped drive area and the time left until the end of the planned session are displayed. By clicking on an individual wiping session, you can open it to see more details on the progress.
Click Atola logo in the center of the top bar to reveal the current overall speed of wiping. In this case, we were able to achieve 18 TB/h. This high-speed wiping capability allows a forensic expert to complete the process of preparing drives for wiping in minimal time.
NB Please note that a wiping session can take longer if a different wiping method is selected. E.g. NIST 800-88 method implies not only wiping but also rereading of the wiped range. In its turn, DoD 5220.22-M method wipes the same range three times.
To ensure maximum transparency and effectiveness, Atola TaskForce documents every operation by creating detailed reports and logs. Click Reportsbutton in the top bar and find the report in the list or by using the Search bar at the top of the page.