Dealing with big storage and bigger data presents today’s forensic examiner with greater
challenges than ever before. Facing this challenge requires a radically new digital forensic bridge
product - the Tableau T8u Forensic USB 3.0 Bridge.
Forensic Data Acquisition with the new T8u Forensic USB 3.0 Bridge
From the outside, the new Tableau T8u Forensic USB 3.0 Bridge looks similar to our venerable
T8-R2 – but the similarities end there. Use a T8u and you’ll realize it is unlike any other USB
write-blocker on the market today. T8u excels when imaging USB 3.0 flash drives and large, multi-
terabyte USB 3.0 hard drives, but it supports any USB device that conforms to the mass storage
“bulk only” specification.
The Tableau T8u presents various bridge and device information via an integrated, backlit LCD.
This display also allows users to select and access multiple Logical Units (LUNs) on storage
devices. T8u’s powerful combination of USB 3.0 technology and new bridge electronics provide
the speed you need to cut through the worst data collection backlog. But don’t take our word for
it. Get a T8u today and see for yourself (www.guidancesoftware.com/tableau).
Forensic Imaging In Excess of 300 MB/second
Improving imaging speed is a central goal for Tableau product developers. We test our products
in controlled yet real-world conditions to verify that each Tableau product achieves the highest
performance possible. Using industry leading forensic imaging software, we measured data
transfer with the T8u in excess of 300 MB/second (dd/RAW output data format while
simultaneously calculating MD5 and SHA-1 hashes). No other USB 3.0 write-blocker available
today matches the high-performance of the Tableau T8u.
Not All Forensic Imaging Software and USB 3.0 Controllers are Created Equal
Our product testing shows that forensic imaging software, USB 3.0 computer controllers, and
operating system driver configuration can have a significant impact on T8u imaging performance.
Whether you image compressed (.e01 or .ex01) or uncompressed (dd/RAW) data formats, ensure
your software is up to the task by using a modern, multi-threaded software imager such as Tableau
Imager (TIM) and EnCase Imager with T8u.
Tableau Premier System Integrators excel at building computers which optimize the imaging
performance of our forensic bridges. They know which controllers, drivers, and setting can make a
huge difference in achieving maximum performance with USB 3.0 and the T8u.