Forensic LabDock U5


Turn your computer into a digital forensic workstation with Forensic LabDock U5. Installed in a standard 5.25″ bay, Forensic LabDock gives convenient, forensic access to suspect hard drives. #31340-2209-0000



Create a Write-Blocked Workstation

Turn your computer into a digital forensic workstation with Forensic LabDock U5. Installed in a standard 5.25″ bay, Forensic LabDock gives convenient, forensic access to suspect hard drives. Write-blocking is done in hardware, with proven WiebeTech write-blocking technology.

USB Write-blocking

Write-blocked access to thumb drives is just as convenient as write-blocked SATA and IDE. Forensic LabDock also incorporates a USB WriteBlocker, so you can forensically access flash drives or full size USB enclosures. Most USB 1.1 and 2.0 devices that normally register with the computer as a “USB Mass Storage Device” are supported.

Built-in HPA/DCO Detection

Do you know what could be lurking in the hidden areas of a hard drive? HPA (Host Protected Areas) or DCO (Device Configuration Overlays) can exist on hard drives, which are not accessible by your Operating system. Further, these areas can be used to hide information from you. Forensic LabDock will alert you if these areas exist, so you can inspect them. Forensic LabDock comes with software to let you choose how to handle a hidden area. It allows you to:

  • Detect and do nothing
  • Detect and temporarily remove HPA
  • Detect and permanently remove HPA
  • Detect and permanently remove HPA and DCO
Extend Support for other drive types

Need to access a non-standard hard drive? Use WiebeTech’s Combo Adapters to access 1.8″ drives, notebook drives, drives found in iPods, and more. Combo Adapters work with many of our docking products, including Forensic LabDock.


Protects drive’s contents by preventing disk writes. Uses industry-proven WiebeTech write-block technology to provide access to USB Mass Storage devices (such as thumb drives), IDE/PATA and SATA hard drives.

Convenient Bay

Fits in standard 5.25″ bays, including cases with confining bezels, such as Dell Optiplex and Precision mini towers. Access from the front of the workstation means no reaching behind your computer, fishing for cables.

Keeps suspect drives more safe during examination

Shorter cables and a dedicated out-of-the-way bay keeps your work area less cluttered and provides a safer environment for your drive.

eSATA or FireWire

Optionally connected internally with FireWire or eSATA. USB Write-Blocking requires internal USB port.

Fast Performance

Capture data at the drive’s full speed when connecting over eSATA ( internal host connection). USB write-blocking operates 20%-25% faster than the competing USB write-blocking product

HPA/DCO Detection

An LED blinks when it detects a hidden partition.

Built-in fan

Draws air over the suspect drive while in bay, keeping it cool.

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 3 in

Tech Specs

Internal Power Connection
  • +12V/+5V Standard Disk Drive 4-Pin Molex or SATA Power
  • Power Output
  • +12V/+5V Molex Connector
  • Power Switch
  • On/Off
  • Internal Host Connections
  • USB 2.0/SATA
  • Write Blocking Performance (Drive Dependent)
  • SATA: As Fast As Drive Can Operate (Typical Speeds Up To 100MB/s)
  • PATA/IDE: As Fast As Drive Can Operate (Typical Speeds Up To 60MB/s)
  • USB: Up To 9MB/s
  • Compatibility
  • 3.5" IDE/PATA Drives
  • 2.5"/3.5" SATA Drives
  • Most USB 1.1/2.0 (Recognized As "USB Mass Storage" Device)
  • Compatible Adapter
  • Works With V4 Combo Adapters To Access Many More Drive Types
  • LED Indicators
  • Device Power On
  • USB Write-Block Enabled
  • SATA/PATA/IDE Write-Block Enabled
  • SATA/PATA Drive Activity
  • HPA/DCO Detected
  • Fan Fail Alert
  • +5V Drive Power Operational
  • +12V Drive Power Operational
  • OS Compatibility
  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or Newer
  • Operating Humidity
  • 5% to 95%, Noncondensing
  • Remount Button
  • Allows Changing / Resetting Attached USB Device
  • Warranty
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • An available USB WriteBlocker API allows software programmers to query built-in USB WriteBlocker to retreive information from devices attached to USB WriteBlocker. Works with Windows XP (32 bit version), or Windows Vista (32 bit or 64 bit)
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