FRED Forensic

Built to Perform.
Case After Case. Year After Year.

FRED systems set the standard for forensic acquisition and analysis workstations. The quality, features, performance, and overall capability are second to none. Buying a FRED system means making an investment in your ability to solve every investigation.

Year after year. Case after case. FRED systems help forensic examiners world-wide work smarter, faster, and with more success. Put the power of FRED to work for you today.

It’s Not Just What We Build In.
It’s How We Go About Building It.

Our philosophy is simple. Design and build FRED systems with features and components not available in any other forensic computer systems. Spec and configure FREDs based upon our experience and real-world knowledge of digital forensics. Use the highest quality components available. Control our build process for excellent quality. Use commercially available forensic software to test the living daylights out of any FRED we put our name on. And support our customer base stand with a comprehensive warranty and a lifetime of professional technical support.

Purpose Built Forensics.
Superior Performance.
Lasting Value.

FRED systems are designed and built from the ground up as high performance, forensic acquisition, analysis and processing platforms. The advanced technology and features available exclusively from Digital Intelligence set FRED systems apart and Digital Intelligence's build quality and service ensure your FRED investment will yield lasting value.

Imaging & Drive Maintenance Image multiple drives simultaneously
Image multiple drives sequentially
User selectable RO or RW via LCD
Productivity Installed with Windows 10 64-bit Pro and OpenSUSE 64-bit Pro Linux
Removable, hot-swap, write protected USB 3.0 drive enclosure
Performance Enterprise class, true 12 Gbs SATA/SAS RAID controller
Reliability Magnum heat sink, fan activated, air-cooled ventilation
Convenience Integrated, retractable imaging cooler shelf
Device Management Touch screen UI for local access and management of drives

Scalable Storage

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System Configurations for Any Application

Forensic and eDiscovery software plays a large role in selecting which FRED system is best for any given application. We build FRED systems with either single or multiple CPU configurations to ensure optimal software processing.

The FRED DX (Dual Xeon) and FRED SR systems are ideal for software applications that process data efficiently using multiple CPUs. FRED DX systems ship standard with dual, 8 core CPUs. CPU upgrades to 10, 14, and 18 cores (36 total cores) are available.

When application software doesn't require a multiple CPU configuration, our base FRED workstation provides outstanding performance and value for digital forensic and eDiscovery applications. Intel i7 CPUs are standard. Upgrades to Intel i9 CPUs are available. Base FRED workstations can be built with up to 18 processor cores.

The Tech Specs tab at the top of this page has a detailed comparison of FRED, FRED DX, and FRED SR specs. View Tech Specs

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Ultrabay 4d

UltraBay 4d

Unmatched Forensic Imaging
with Integrated Drive Cooling

Available only with Digital Intelligence FRED systems, the UltraBay 4d provides unmatched, hardware based forensic imaging of SATA, IDE, SAS, USB 3, FireWire, and PCIe based SSD storage devices. Image one device or multiple devices at a time. Use the integrated touch-screen UI to obtain device information, view and select LUNs for imaging, or understand more about the file system on a suspect device. Image data knowing that the FRED integrated drive tray / cooler will keep a constant air flowing across the suspect drive. We sweat the little stuff for you.

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Hardware Optimized for Leading Forensic Software

Recommending less is sometimes more. Optimizing system processor cores, RAM, and storage is something we take very seriously. We don’t want our customers to spend more than is necessary for great performance. We test all FRED configurations using industry leading software. This methodology produces systems optimized for excellent performance when conducting forensic examinations.

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Technical Support You Can Count On

When you purchase from Digital Intelligence, you’re getting the best forensic products money can buy. But the value doesn’t stop there. You get lifetime technical support and access to a professional, dedicated support team. We measure our success not just by the number of systems we sell but also by the level of support we provide. Whether it’s a question about your FRED, UltraBlock, Imager or software – or a question about a forensic problem you face – we have your back. Call, email, or text. We are here for you.

3.5 GHz, Intel i7-7800X, 6 Core, 8.25 MB Cache
- i7 CPU options: 8 core option available
- i9 CPU options 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 core available

Intel Silver Series 4110 CPU, 8 core, 2.1 GHz, 11MB Cache

Optional CPUs available:

Silver series - 4, 10, and 12 cores

Gold series – 4, 8, 16, 18, and 20 cores

Platinum series – 24 and 28 cores

32 GB PC4-21300 DDR4 2666 MHz
- configurable up to 128 GB

32 GB ECC Memory PC4 21300 DDR4-2666 MHz

configurable up to 768 GB
Microsoft Windows 10 Professional, 64-bit
OpenSUSE Linux 64-bit
Symantec Ghost
CD/DVD authoring software
Graphics & Video Support

Nvidia GTX 1050Ti, 4GB, 128-bit GDDR5, 768 CUDA cores

upgrades available to NVIDIA RTX 2080 or RTX 2080Ti GPUs


512 GB SSD SATA III (Database/Cache/Temp)
2 TB SATA III 720 RPM HotSwap (Case/Data)

additional drive / storage options available

Extra Storage Slots

3 HotSwap Drive Bays 2.5"/3.5" SATA III (USB 3.1 connected)

1 HotSwap Drive Bay 2.5"/3.5" SATA III (SATA connected)



2 HotSwap Drive Bays 2.5"/3.5" SATA III (USB 3.1 connected)

1 HotSwap Drive Bay 2.5"/3.5" SATA III (SATA connected)



3 x 2.5" HotSwap Drive Bays SATA III (SATA connected)



3 HotSwap Drive Bays 2.5”/3.5” SATA III (USB 3.1 connected)

1 HotSwap Drive Bay 2.5"/3.5" SATA III (SATA connected)


2 HotSwap Drive Bays 2.5”/3.5” SATA III (USB 3.1 connected)

1 HotSwap Drive Bay 2.5"/3.5" SATA III (SATA connected)


3 x 2.5” HotSwap Drive Bay SATA III (SATA connected)

2 HotSwap Drive Bays 2.5”/3.5” SATA III (USB 3.1 connected)

1 HotSwap Drive Bay 2.5”/3.5” SATA III (SATA connected)

Storage Controller
Intel 6 Gb/s SATA (8)
Intel M.2 x 4 PCIe Socket (2)
Intel 6 Gb/s SATA (8)
Intel M.2 x 4 PCIe Socket (1)
ASMedia 6 Gb/s SATA (2)
Intel 6 Gb/s SATA (8)
Intel M.2 x 4 PCIe Socket (1)
ASMedia 6 Gb/s SATA (2)
RAID Controller

12 Channel PCIe 12 Gb/s SAS/SATA

(with 1-RAID and 2-RAID FRED configurations only)

16 Channel PCIe 12 Gb/s SAS/SATA

RAID Capacity

1R, 5 Drive RAID Chassis: Up to 50 TB using 10 TB hard drives
2R, Dual 5 Drive RAID Chassis: Up to 100 TB using 10 TB hard drives

Additional RAID configurations and drive options available

Three (3) x Five (5) bay RAID chassis (15 drives total). Five 2 TB (8 TB RAID5) is baseline configuration. RAID capacity up to 140 TB using 10 TB drives.

Additional RAID configurations and drive options available.

Network Performance

Dual Intel 10/100/1000 Mbps gigabit Ethernet adapters

Single or dual port 10 Gb Ethernet adapters available

Drive Bays

Native SATA, shock-mounted, removable

FRED and FRED DX (2)
FRED 1R and FRED DX 1R (2)
FRED 2R and FRED DX 2R (4)

Hot-swap, USB 3.1 connected SATA III, shock-mounted, removable

FRED and FRED DX (4)
FRED 1R and FRED DX 1R (3)
FRED 2R and FRED DX 2R (1)

Native SATA, shock-mounted, removable (2)

Hot-swap, USB 3.1 connected SATA III, shock-mounted, read only or read write selectable, removable (3)

Forensic Imaging & Write Blocking

UltraBay 4d hardware write blocked imaging of SATA, SAS, USB 3, IDE, Firewire and PCIe SSD devices

Single or multiple (concurrent) forensic imaging of storage devices

Convenient front panel write blocked or read/write switch for general drive management

UltraBay 4d touch-screen user interface. Displays device details, display and manage LUNs and HDD protected regions. Examine file partitions.

FREDs ship with Tableau Imager (TIM) pre-installed

Drive Cooling
Exclusive extendable / retractable imaging work shelf with active ventilation for suspect drive cooling
Media Card Reader

UltraBlock Forensic Card Reader

User selectable write blocked or read/write

External Connections & Expansion
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (1)
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C (1)
USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (10)
USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C (1)
USB 2.0 (4)
USB 3.1 (1)
USB 3.1 Type C (1)
USB 3.0 (9)
USB 2.0 (2)
USB 3.1 (9)
USB 3.1 Type C (2)
USB 2.0 (4)
Display, Keyboard & Mouse

Optional 22" ergonomic LED monitor
1920 x 1080 full HD resolution
Adjustable height, tilt and swivel. Built in speakers

Microsoft wireless desktop keyboard and mouse

Realtek ALC2250 8-channel high definition audio CODEC featuring Crystal Sound 2
Realtek ALC1150 8-channel high definition audio CODEC
BD-R/BD-RE/DVD±RW/CD±RW BluRay burner, dual-layer combo drive
Electrical Operating Requirements
1200 Watt modular power supply
Line voltage: 100-240 VAC
Frequency: 50-60 Hz

Forensic toolbox including adapters and cables: (SAS, SATA, IDE, microSATA, SATA LIF, MacBook Air Blade, PCIe SSD m.2 NVMe, PCIe SSD MacBook Pro (2013 and newer) and server class PCIe SSD

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Warranty & Technical Support

Lifetime technical support (email, phone and via website). Standard warranty 36 months from date of purchase.

Extended warranty plans available

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Configure your system with available options, obtain pricing and place an order by visiting the FRED and FRED DX product pages

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