T9 Forensic FireWire Bridge


T9 Forensic FireWire Bridge. NOTE: Power supply and cables *not* included.


Includes T9, TP2 power supply + line cord, TC7-9-9 (x2), TCA7-4-9, TCA7-6-9 (x2), TC8, and QuickStart Guide in a black TB1 bag. Packaged in 9″x5″x5″ white box.



T9 Forensic FireWire Bridge

Tableau’s Forensic FireWire Bridge offers secure, hardware write-blocking for FireWire storage devices. The T9 supports FireWire800 (1394B) and FireWire400 (1394A) storage devices which use the SBP-2 (Serial Bus Protocol-2) storage protocol. The T9 works universally with external FireWire hard disks, FireWire RAIDs, older Apple iPods with FireWire interfaces, and other FireWire storage devices.

Notably, the T9 can be used to image Apple desktop and notebook computers booted in Target Disk Mode. Target Disk Mode is a special boot mode unique to Apple computers in which the computer emulates one or more SBP-2 FireWire storage devices. Using the Tableau T9 in combination with Apple’s Target Disk Mode makes it possible to acquire forensic images from Apple computers without disassembling the computers, saving forensic examiners considerable time and risk.

The T9 offers FireWire and USB host interface options similar to its sister product, Tableau’s T8 Forensic USB Bridge. However, while the T8 offers a FireWire400 connection to the host computer, the faster architecture of the newer T9 offers a FireWire800 connection to the host computer, allowing much faster imaging speeds [note 1].

And, like the Tableau T8, the T9 incorporates an LCD user interface. The T9 uses the interface to present drive and status information at a glance and to prompt the user for input in multi-LUN situations.


1. T9 performance is heavily dependent on block size. The T9 works best when used with an imaging application which can be configured for 128 kByte blocks.

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8 x 6 x 4 in

Tech Specs

Connectors: Host Side
  • (1) 9-Pin FireWire 800 (1394B)
  • (1) USB Mini-B
  • 5-Pin Mini-DIN Connector (TP-2 Power Supply)
  • Connectors: Device Side
  • (1) 9-Pin FireWire 800 (1394B)
  • Switches: On/Off
  • Turns Power On/Off To T9 And Attached FireWire Device
  • Switches: DIP Switch
  • 4-Position DIP Switch Configures User-Selectable Options
  • User Interface: LCD
  • 2 Row x 16 Column Monochrome LCD Character Display
  • User Interface: Buttons
  • (2) Buttons:
  • Menu
  • Enter
  • Write-Blocking
  • Permanently Enabled
  • Status LEDs
  • 6 LEDs:
  • DC IN Good
  • Power ON
  • Write-Block Enabled
  • Activity
  • FireWire Detect
  • Host Detect
  • LCD Contrast Control
  • Adjustable Via Externally-Accessible Potentiometer
  • Compatibility: FireWire
  • FireWire Devices Must Conform To The Serial Bus Protocol (SBP-2)
  • Compatibility: Host Interface
  • FireWire 800/400 Or USB 2.0
  • Compatibility: Host O/S
  • Windows XP/2000/Newer
  • Macintosh OS X
  • Most Linux Distributions
  • Power
  • 3.8 Watts Typical Operating
  • Supply Voltage (DC IN)
  • +5VDC @ 2A, +12VDC @ 2A
  • Output Voltage (DC Out)
  • +12VDC @ 1A
  • Dimensions
  • 5.75" x 3.25" x 1.125"
  • Weight
  • 6.3oz (179g)
  • Operating Temperature Range
  • 0 To 55 Degrees C (No Airflow)
  • Storage Temperature Range
  • -40 To 70 Degress C
  • Relative humidity
  • Up To 90% (Non-Condensing)
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