Demonstration Comparing Forensic Disk Imaging Systems Shows CyanLine FDAS to be Six-Times Faster than Industry Leading Tableau TD2

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The Tableau TD2, a popular forensic disk imaging system was compared to CyanLine’s Fast Disk Acquisition System (FDAS) to see which system was faster and more cost-effective; FDAS captures information 6-times faster

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Forensic investigators who need to collect images fast and frequently deal with digital imaging investigations weekly, or even monthly, should consider FDAS as a worthy investment... Its speed and efficiency are incomparable.

Capturing both forensic disk images and market share, the popular Tableau TD2 competed against computer forensic company CyanLine’s Fast Disk Acquisition System (FDAS) to determine which system is faster, easier and more economical, according to a recent faceoff supported by Best in Class Magazine.

Best in Class Magazine Technology staff writer Josh King hosted the demonstration comparing the Tableau TD2 and CyanLine FDAS. With an 80GB SSD with eSATA in use, Tableau TD2 seized a forensic image and created a checksum in just over an hour. CyanLine FDAS captured the same details in less than 11 minutes, proving it to be 6-times faster.

“Forensic investigators who need to collect images fast and frequently deal with digital imaging investigations weekly, or even monthly, should consider FDAS as a worthy investment,” King stated. “Its speed and efficiency are incomparable.”

While CyanLine’s FDAS may prove to be faster, its revolutionary system also gives forensic investigators the power to view a full forensic image and metadata, or data about data, instantly over CyanLine’s secured network. “There are no shades of gray when it comes to the actual image itself,” King said.

This network allows investigators the ability to review an entire forensic image without needing to download its contents to a computer, nor requires a source drive. The same cannot be said for Tableau TD2, King determined.

Holding two RAID drives inside a sealed chassis and able to store up to 1.5 TB of images in dd or E01 formats, FDAS’ resulting image is stored onto a target drive that is preserved within the unit, according to Steven Branigan, CyanLine founder and forensic scientist. “Only authorized personnel who have proper role-based permissions can review the images over the network,” he added.

Nevertheless, the Tableau TD2 is still a viable option for those seeking a forensic imaging system on a tight budget, King said. “It’s easy to use, inexpensive and a great resource for investigators when time is not an issue and forensic imaging is occasional,” King stated. “However, for slightly more investment, FDAS’ speed, ease of use and more complete data collection are no comparison to Tableau TD2.”

Branigan believes law enforcement agencies with financial restrictions can still see significant long-term benefits by investing in FDAS. “While FDAS may initially cost more than the Tableau TD2, investigators make up for that cost in the substantial amount of time, energy and resources spared – potentially saving tens of thousands of dollars over the course of a year,” Branigan said.

The patented FDAS can be shipped to any investigation location. For more information, visit To view the demonstration video comparing CyanLine FDAS to Tableau TD2 visit,

About Steven Branigan

Experienced forensic scientist and licensed private investigator, Steven Branigan has made it his mission to create forensically sound products to advance the investigative industry. Renowned speaker and instructor, Branigan is an active member in the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), Federal Bureau Investigation’s Infragard, New Jersey License Private Investigators Association, and on the Digital Forensics Certification Board. Branigan is the author of High Tech Crimes Revealed and recently published an article in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. With experience in domestic and international cases, Branigan has received awards from the U.S. Secret Service and New Jersey State Police.

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