Forensic LabDock

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Forensic LabDock
Create a write-blocked workstation
    • Professional drive write blocking 
    • Reliable evidence protection 
    • Detects hidden areas on drives 

Forensic LabDock

Lawyers, forensics investigators, and techs who want to create a digital forensic workstation rely upon the CRU® WiebeTech® LabDock™. Installed in a standard 5.25" bay, the Forensic LabDock gives convenient, forensic access to suspect hard drives. Write-blocking is done in hardware, with proven WiebeTech write-blocking technology.

Write-blocked access to thumb drives is just as convenient as write-blocked SATA and IDE. The Forensic LabDock FLDu model also incorporates a USB WriteBlocker, so you can forensically access USB thumb drives or many 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.

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 detected or accessible by your operating system. The Forensic LabDock will alert you if these areas exist, so you can inspect them. The Forensic LabDock comes with software to let you choose how to handle any hidden areas it encounters.

Forensic LabDock offers native connections for the most common drives types, such as SATA and IDE/PATA. Optional SATA and PATA Adapters are available that allow access to many additional types of drives such as ZIF drives, notebook drives, drives found in iPods, and more. SATA and PATA Adapters work with many of our docking products, including the Forensic LabDock.

Additional features:

  • 2-year warranty
  • Includes cables
  • Free US-based customer support

Whether you’re a forensic investigator, technician, or cyber security analyst, the CRU WiebeTech Forensic LabDock is a necessary part of your toolkit. Find a reseller near you or buy online.


Product name Forensic LabDock
Host (I/O) Ports (1) SATA: for the write-blocked IDE & SATA drive connections
(1) FireWire 400 for firmware configuration only
(1) USB 2.0: up to 480 Mbps (FLDu model only)
Drive Types Supported
  • PATA/IDE 2.5" drives (with PATA Adapter 25)
  • PATA/IDE 3.5
  • SATA 2.5" drives
  • SATA 3.5" drives
  • SATA SSD (solid state drives)
  • Hitachi 1.8" drives (with PATA Adapter 18-HIT-ZIF)
  • Toshiba 1.8" drives (with PATA Adapter 18-TOSH)
  • Compact Flash (with PATA Adapter MCB)
  • SD Card (with PATA Adapter MCB)
  • Memory Stick (with PATA Adapter MCB)
  • PCMCIA (with PATA Adapter MCB)
  • MacBook Air 2010 (with SATA Adapter MBA2010)
  • MSATA (with SATA Adapter mSATA)
  • MC (with PATA Adapter MCB)
  • DOM (with PATA Adapter DOM)
  • PCIe PATA (with PATA Adapter mPCIe)
  • PCIe SATA (with PATA Adapter mPCIe)
  • Micro Drives (with PATA Adapter MCB)
  • PCIe USB (with PATA Adapter mPCIe)
  • USB Thumb Drives (FLDu model only)
  • USB drives via USB cable (FLDu model, if the device class is USB Mass Storage Device and it does not use proprietary firmware)
SATA Speed 3G
Number of LEDs 8
Description of LEDs Power, drive activity, +5V to drive, +12V to drive, fan failure, HPA or DCO detected, write-blocked SATA & IDE operation, write-blocked USB operation
Operating system compatibility Windows XP or later
Windows Server 2003 or later
Most modern Linux distributions
Detects/reports HPA/DCO Yes
Allows HPA/DCO override Yes, user-configurable options
Fan(s) Draws air over drive while in bay, keeping it cool
Construction material(s) Rugged metal construction
Power switch 2 position: On / Off
SATA Power Input Yes
Molex Power Input Yes
Dimensions 6.77" x 5.79" x 1.65" (172mm x 147mm x 42mm)
Weight 1.55 lbs. (0.70 kg)
Write Blocking Yes
Write Blocked ports SATA, PATA/IDE, USB 2.0 Mass Storage Devices (FLDu model only)
Compliancy FCC, CE, RoHS
Warranty CRU provides a 2-year limited warranty for this product.
Technical Support Your investment in CRU products is backed up by our free technical support for the lifetime of the product. If you need to contact us for any reason, visit or call us at 1-800-260-9800 or +1-360-816-1800.

Product Images


Apr 13, 2011 - 1.92 MB
User Manual for Forensic LabDock
May 10, 2013 - 195.85 KB
Forensic Command-line Utility for Linux
A9-000-0013 Rev 1.2-FSU_user_manual.pdf
May 10, 2013 - 379.49 KB
User Manual for
Forensic Software Utility
Aug 27, 2013 - 7.53 MB
Forensic Software Utility
(for 32-bit versions of Windows)
Aug 27, 2013 - 8.55 MB
Forensic Software Utility
(for 64-bit versions of Windows)
Dec 2, 2013 - 500.6 KB
Quick Start Guide for Forensic LabDock
Feb 27, 2015 - 9.12 MB
CRU Configurator v4.0.1.4 for Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Feb 27, 2015 - 810.25 KB
User manual for the Mac OS version of Configurator v4
Feb 27, 2015 - 12.81 MB
CRU Configurator for 64-bit Windows
Feb 27, 2015 - 750.99 KB
User manual for the Windows version of Configurator v4
Feb 27, 2015 - 11.37 MB
CRU Configurator for 32-bit Windows
May 8, 2015 - 11.74 MB
CRU Configurator for 32-bit Windows
May 8, 2015 - 13.23 MB
CRU Configurator for 64-bit Windows
May 8, 2015 - 9.56 MB
CRU Configurator v4.0.2.1 for Mac OS X 10.6 or later
May 8, 2015 - 17.45 MB
Forensic Software Utility
(for 64-bit versions of Windows)
May 8, 2015 - 15.53 MB
Forensic Software Utility
(for 32-bit versions of Windows)
May 8, 2015 - 195.85 KB
Forensic Software Utility (command line for Linux)
May 8, 2015 - 13.58 MB
Forensic Software Utility (Mac OS X)

Part Numbers

Forensic LabDock

Part Number Description Shipping Weight UPC Number
31320-0409-0000 Forensic LabDock FLDs; 5.25in bay form factor; write-blocked access to SATA & PATA drives; SATA host connection 3 810873014338
31320-2209-0000 Forensic LabDock FLDu; 5.25in bay form factor; write-blocked access to SATA, PATA, and USB devices; SATA and USB host connection 3 810873014321

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