FIREBrick Build Part 1

Things are settling down and I am going to try and breathe some life into this blog again.  I’ve been doing an internship as of late where I have been concentrating on the business development aspect of Digital Forensics.  Things such as private investigation licenses, looking at the DFIR market in general, litigation support as a whole, with a little bit of tech research sprinkled in.  With the summer break, I haven’t been doing very much on my own.  This is a big problem I intend to resolve.  Watching David Cowen’s Forensic Lunch has gotten me back into the swing of things, and I am going to kick it off with building and testing a FIREBrick.  The FIREBrick is an a disk imager and duplicator.  I’m thinking along the lines of Tableau’s TD product line.  Lets hope so!  The  things that excite me are:

  1. Everything is open source software and easily sourced hardware.
  2. Low cost compared to market brand forensic duplicators.
  3. Easy upgrade paths via expansion cards.

The parts are on the way.  I did vary my order from their spec to include a FireWire 800 PCI-E card instead of FW400.  Excluding the case and psu, the total cost is about $179.  I already have a PSU, and I wanted to wait on a case to see where this leads me.  The LCD2USB unit is coming from Hong Kong, so it will be about 2 weeks to go through customs to get here.  So I will update this in a few weeks.  In the meantine, go over and check out the Hacking Exposed Computer Forensics Blog by David Cowen and crew.  Lot’s of awesome forensics knowledge there and I have only scratched the surface.

Until next time,


Just a quick update, the LCD panel is unavailable due to the China supplier moving.  So now I am looking at the newly released network version of the FireBrick

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