uFRED (MicroFred)


The µFRED System has much of the processing power of a full size FRED system but in a package only a fraction of the size (9″ x 8″ x 13″).

µFRED systems utilize an ultra-compact i7 motherboard and includes a full 16 GB DDR3-1600 Dual Channel Memory. This system includes the very best features of the standard FRED system but in a much smaller package. All µFRED systems include the UltraBay3 and a removable drive tray so there is no need to open up the processing system to install drives or crawl around the back of the unit to attach devices. This compact package provides processing and acquisition capabilities far in excess of any laptop or generic “shoebox” computer system!

The UltraBay 3 – Integrated IDE, SATA, SAS, USB and Firewire Write Blockers

The UltraBay 3 is included in the µFRED and can be used to acquire a forensically sound image of IDE, SATA, SAS, USB and Firewire drives using your choice of Forensic Imaging software. Your drives may be connected and removed from the UltraBay 3 without having to shut down the workstation. The UltraBay 3 is available on µFRED and FREDDIE systems.

Hot-Swap Removable Evidence Drive

The uFRED includes two internal drives. One to support the Operating System(s) and Application Software, and the other to dedicate to your DataBase, Cache or Temp files. It also includes a third hard drive in a shock-mounted Hot Swap bay to be used for the storage and processing of case work and digital evidence. The evidence drive in the Hot Swap bay can be inserted, removed, or replaced without powering down the system. An external high-speed USB3 port is also available for the connection of additional equipment. The uFRED comes pre-installed with a Dual-Boot Operating System (Win98 DOS, and Windows 8 Professional 64-bit) on the Primary Drive. Additionally, a fully-loaded, pre-configured Suse Linux installation image is also included on Blu-ray restoration disk for installation if desired.

Network Functionality Built In

The µFRED systems have an integrated Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mb) for network connectivity. This can be used for connection to laboratory forensic network such as our FREDC or also for connection in the field to a suspect or target network for data acquisition.

Baseline µFRED Specifications

  • Intel Core i7-4770 Quad Core Processor, 3.4 GHz, 8MB L3 Cache
  • 16 GB DDR3-1600 Dual Channel Memory
  • 1 x 256 GB Solid State SATA III Drive (Internal) – OS Drive
  • 1 x 128 GB Solid State SATA III Hard Drive – Temp/Cache/DB Drive
  • 1 x 2 TB 7200 RPM 3.0 Gb/s SATA Hard Drive in Shock-Mounted tray – Data Drive

Windows 8.1 Professional (64 bit)
Also includes: DOS (Win98 Standalone), SUSE Professional Linux (64 bit)

Hardware Write Blocking:
Digital Intelligence UltraBay 3 Hardware Write-Blocker:

  • Integrated IDE Drive Write Blocker
  • Integrated SATA Drive Write Blocker
  • Integrated SAS Drive Write Blocker
  • Integrated USB 3.0/2.0 Write Blocker
  • Integrated FireWire IEEE 1394b Write Blocker

Detailed System Specifications:
Micro-FRED Chassis (9in wide x 8 in tall x 13 in deep) with 450 watt ATX power supply.
LGA 1150 Z97 Express Chipset Mini ITX Motherboard
Intel Integrated HD Graphics 4400/4600 Controller w/ Triple Monitor Support (1 DVI, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort)
10/100/1000 Mbs Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter
1 PCI-Express 3.0(x16)Slot
4 ports Intel 6 Gb/s SATA Controller
7.1 Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Digital Optical S/PDIF audio output
1 RJ45 LAN port (Intel I218V 1 x Gigabit LAN controller)
802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi+ Bluetooth 4.0
6 USB 2.0/1.x ports – 4 Back Mounted, 2 Front Mounted
7 USB 3.0/2.0 ports – 5 Back Mounted, 2 Front Mounted
1 Write Blocked USB 3.0/2.0 port – Front Mounted
2 FireWire IEEE 1394b (800 MB/s) ports – 1 Back Mounted, 1 Front Mounted(Write Blocked)
1 PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port

Other Software included: Symantec Ghost, DRIVESPY, IMAGE, PDWIPE, PART, and PDBLOCK

  • CD Case: Containing system restore media.
  • System Keys: For removable hard drive bays.