Extremely Fast Imaging
The Falcon is the fastest forensic imaging solution available, achieving speeds of 23GB/min*. The Falcon meets future hard drive speed improvements with SAS/SATA-3 6GB/s maximum rated speed of 37GB/min.
Multiple Image Formats
The Falcon images and verifies to the following formats: native or mirror copy, dd image, e01, ex01 (e01 and ex01 with compression) and file-based copy. The Falcon supports SHA1, SHA256 or MD5 authentication.
Multiple Imaging Ports
Write-protected source ports include:
- 2 SAS/SATA
- 1 USB 3.0 (can be converted to SATA using an optional USB to SATA adapter)
- 1 Firewire
- 1 SCSI ( using the SCSI Module Option)
- Destination ports include:
- 2 SAS/SATA
- 2 USB 3.0 (can be converted to SATA using an optional USB to SATA adapter)
- 1 Firewire
- 1 SCSI (using the SCSI Module Option)
- Supports PCIe SSDs (M.2 SATA/AHCI/NVME), PCIe and mini-PCIe cards with optional adapters
A Gigabit Ethernet port for network connectivity is built-in. The unit includes a USB 3.0 device port for drive preview and two USB 2.0 host ports
Improve efficiency and shorten the evidence collection process with the ability to wipe one destination drive while imaging to another simultaneously,or image from multiple source drives to multiple destinations. Perform up to five tasks concurrently.
Simultaneously perform multiple imaging tasks from the same source drive to multiple destinations using different imaging formats. For example, clone to a network location or a destination drive in native copy format while imaging to a different destination drive using e01 format.
Web Browser/Remote Operation
An easy to use and intuitive interface allows you to connect to the Falcon from a web browser and manage all operations remotely. The browser features automatic page scaling for iPad type devices.
Broad Interface Support
Built-in support for SAS/SATA/USB/Firewire storage devices. Supports 1.8″/2.5″/3.5″ IDE and 1.8″ IDE ZIF and microSATA interfaces with adapters included with Falcon. Optional adapters are available for eSATA, mSATA and flash drives.
Wipe up to DoD specifications or use Secure Erase to erase drives, wipe at speeds up to 27GB/min
Image to External Storage Device
The Falcon allows you to image to an external storage device such as a NAS, using the Gigabit Ethernet port, USB 3.0 or via the SAS/SATA connection.
Image From Desktop/Laptop PCs
Users have the ability to image from a desktop or laptop computer without removing the hard drive from the computer. Create a forensic bootable USB flash drive using software (available for download from our website) that allows the user to image a source drive from a computer on the same network without booting the native Operating System on the computer. It also allows drives connected to the networked computer (or directly connected to each other using a network cable) to appear as a destination drive without removing the drive from the computer.
Image From a MAC™
Image from a MAC™ system booted in “target disk mode” using the write-blocked FireWire port on Falcon. The MAC’s internal drive is seen as a “source” drive. MACs with either FireWire or Thunderbolt ports can be connected to the Falcon, a Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter is required. Read the application note here:MAC As A Source Drive Application Note
Error Granularity Setting
Drive error handling is enhanced with a configurable error granularity feature. When a bad sector on the source drive is found Falcon will, by default skip that sector. Changing the granularity allows more sectors to be skipped. There are 3 options ( 512 Bytes, 4096 Bytes, 64 KIB,). As an example, if 4096 Bytes is chosen, and one of the 8 sectors in that cluster size contains a bad sector, the Falcon will skip the entire cluster (or 4096 bytes or 8 sectors).
Removable Storage Drive
O/S and audit trail/logs are stored on an internal drive. This drive is easily removed for secure/classified locations7″ Touch ScreenUses a capacitive touch screen with an easy-to-use interface that provides easy navigation through all operations. An on-screen keyboard is also included.
HPA And DCO Capture
Detect and capture Host Protected Areas (HPA) and Device Configuration Overlay (DCO) hidden areas on the source (suspect) drive.
The Falcon is light weight, at 2.5lbs (1.09kg) and features a small footprint of 8.5″W X 3″H X 6.25″D (21.6cm X 7.6cm X 15.9cm)
Forensic, Filter-Based File Copy
Users can filter and then image by the file extension (such as .PDF,.xls, .JPEG, .mov etc.).
Image to or from a Network Location
Use the Falcon to image to a network location using CIFS protocol and/or image from a network location using iSCSI. The Falcon uses CIFS protocol to provide file system access and the highest level of security and control. Users can also use iSCSI as a source or destination drive.
Users can disable various network services such as HTTP, SSH, Telnet, CIFS/NETBIOS, iSCSI Iperf and Ping, for security purposes
Preview the drive contents directly on the Falcon. The Falcon offers five different methods to preview drives connected to the Falcon. The file browser feature provides logical access to source or destination drives connected to Falcon. Users can view the drive’s partitions and contents, and view text files, jpeg, PDF, XML, HTML files. Other file types (such as .doc and .xls) can be viewed by connecting Falcon to a network and via a PC download and view. The Falcon allows you to preview source drives or destination drives using the write-blocked USB connection from the Falcon to a computer or by using the SMB protocol. Users can use the iSCSI protocol to preview source drives
Network Push Feature
Push evidence files from destination drives connected to the Falcon or from a Falcon repository to a network location. The Push feature provides a more secure method than simply copying and pasting to the analysis computer by performing an MD5 or SHA hash during the push process. Additionally users can select to verify the file transfer to ensure data integrity. Network users can then quickly preview data or copy data to a local drive or to any other directory on the network. The Falcon generates a log file for each push process.
Imaging and verifying concurrently takes advantage of destination hard drives that may be faster than the source hard drive. Duration of total image process time may be reduced by up to half.
Administrators can save configuration settings and set password-protected user profiles.
Audit Trail Reporting/Log Files
Provides detailed information on each operation. Log files can be viewed on Falcon or via a web browser, exported to XML, HTML or PDF format to a USB enclosure. Users can print the log files directly from their PC when connected to Falcon via a web browser
Secure sensitive evidence data with whole drive AES 256 bit encryption. Decryption can be performed using the Falcon or by using a free open source decryption software such as TrueCrypt or FreeOTFE (On The Fly Encryption)
Allows the Falcon to manipulate the DCO and HPA area of the destination drive so that the destination drive’s total native capacity matches the source drive
Allows users to set specific tasks to be performed sequentially. For example, first wipe, then image, then verify a drive.Set up to five Macros with up to 9 operations/tasks for each macro.
Drive “Time-Out” Feature
Users can set a specific “time-out” for hard drives connected to Falcon. After a specified amount of idle time the drive will be automatically put into standby mode, powering down the drives
Capture from one large capacity drive to two smaller capacity drives.
USB Host Ports
The Falcon features two USB 2.0 host ports for keyboard, mouse or printer connectivity
An HDMI port is located on the back of the Falcon. This port can be used to connect the Falcon to a projector.
*The Falcon achieves 23GB/min imaging speed using solid state drives and in native/mirror and in e01/eX01 image formats . Your results may vary depending on the specification and condition of the hard drive used as well as the mode, image format and settings used during the imaging process.