Software for the open source hardware write-blocker/imager.
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Firebrick (Legacy version)

Software for the open source hardware write-blocker/imager.

FIREBrick features:
*Autonomous disk imaging at speeds of up to 5Gb per minute (disk dependent)
*FireWire write blocker function
*Stand-alone version supports storage mirroring and encryption
*Portable – fits in a small HTPC case, including display
*Free, open source firmware
*Can be fully customized to the needs of specific departments
*Adheres to NIST Computer Forensic Tool Testing protocols
*Automatic RAID storage detection

To build a FIREBrick you need:

*ASRock E350M1 Motherboard
*1Gb DDR3 Desktop RAM (1333 or 1066)
*Dynamode PCIX3FW 3-Port Firewire PCIe
*An LCD2USB 20×4 display. You can buy it from Lcdmodkit or you can make one yourself.

Note: If you want to use RAID storage, you will also need two equal-sized HDDs. 

There are more versions of the FIREBrick available:

* - runs a webserver, you can connect to it via an ethernet cable and iSCSI initiator. This version doesn't require a Firewire card.
* - uses a WiFi dongle, you can connect via any WiFi device.

For more info visit

Lee Tobin -
Room A1.10
UCD School of Computer Science
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Visit the wiki page for more info:

This system is in development, any loss of data/evidence or any related problems are not the fault of this project or DigialFIRE. We're confident in this project, but we're only human. Also, we're adding functionality to the FIREBrick all the time, so again, test your FIREBrick lots (particularly if you've developed new functionality).