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CRU-DataPort's New Forensic ComboDock Strikes a Balance for Flexibility and Security

New WiebeTech forensic device prevents data corruption while providing a sound way to turn off write-blocking

Vancouver, WA — September 4, 2012 — CRU-DataPort, a leading provider of data security and storage devices, announces the new WiebeTech Forensic ComboDock™ v5, the first forensic device that enables write-blocking to be safely turned on and off. The new bright yellow forensic device gives CRU-DataPort’s customers a secure option that provides both write-blocking and read/write capabilities while preventing accidental corruption of the data and hard drive.

CRU-DataPort’s Forensic ComboDock is compatible with all forensic acquisition and analysis software and has all the premium features of the Forensic UltraDock and the UltraDock v5, with fast host connections, an LCD screen and menu that makes it easy to view drive information and error/warning messages, five ports on the host side, and many other features that make UltraDock the leading forensic field imager. Both versions have a rugged aluminum enclosure, with Forensic ComboDock a bright yellow to identify it as CRU-DataPort’s only device that allows write-blocking to be turned off in a secure way.

Unlike other forensic devices in the market, Forensic ComboDock makes it impossible to unintentionally turn off write-blocking. Every time it is turned on, Forensic ComboDock asks the user to choose either write-blocking or read/write mode, avoiding problems that can occur when the user forgets to change the mode to write-blocking. This is a simpler and more secure way to turn off write-blocking. Other devices in the market require the user to permanently break off a piece of the case to turn off write-blocking with tiny switches, often leading to confusion about what mode the device is in. Forensic ComboDock’s LED indicator light and an easy screen menu also clearly identify the work mode.

"We know, as many of our customers do, that data gathered using non write-blocked methods is often not allowed in the court room," says Randal Barber, president and CEO, CRU-DataPort. "However, it is important to provide a choice when investigators or others require a multipurpose product."

For law enforcement, the military and those who may have limited space for what devices they can carry, Forensic ComboDock’s ability to turn-off write-blocking allows the one device to fill multiple needs. Large corporate IT companies who have their own forensic departments may also need equipment that will serve both as investigative tools and general purpose IT tools.

James Wiebe, Forensic Business Development for CRU-DataPort, says, "Forensic investigators and the legal community know they can defend and win cases with CRU-DataPort’s forensic devices, because they are tamper-proof for write-blocking. However, some customers do have a legitimate need to be able to turn off write-blocking. It’s critical that when write-blocking is turned off, that the user is aware of what mode they are working in to avoid accidental data corruption."

About CRU-DataPort
Founded in 1986, CRU-DataPort is a pioneer in data security, encryption and data mobility devices. The company's flagship DataPort®, along with Data Express®, RTXTM, RAX®, ToughTech® and WiebeTechTM product lines of removable and external hard drive enclosures are the de facto standard for physical data security and safe data transporting in government, education, audio/video production, digital cinema and business markets. CRU-DataPort products are available through major distributors, PC manufacturers, specialty system builders and resellers globally. For more information contact: OnPR for CRU-DataPort