FRED Forensic
Workstations

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 36-month 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
Feature Flexibility Change features on-the-fly with the USB 3.2 HotSwap Drive Tray Ecosystem.
Forensic (RW/RO) trays: SATA III, M.2/NVMe PCIe + M.2 SATA, and Forensic Media Card Reader
General purpose trays: USB License Dongle Vault and USB Hub
Forensic Acquisition Capacity User switchable "write protect" mode on USB 3.2 connected SATA and M.2/NVMe PCIe SSD trays
Productivity Installed with Windows 11 64-bit Pro and OpenSUSE 64-bit Pro Linux
Easily configured for optimal forensic software performance
Performance Enterprise class, true 12 Gbs SATA/SAS RAID controller
Reliability Magnum heat sink, fan activated, air-cooled ventilation, sturdy steel tower enclosure
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 Built On Intel i9, Xeon, and AMD Threadripper Technology

All FRED systems are built using the most current technology and highest quality components. System configuration starts by selecting the CPU. Intel i9, Xeon, or AMD Threadripper processors are available. Choose the desired amount of RAM, storage capacity, graphics card, and drive tray functions from the available options. If a CPU or other component is not listed on our website, please contact us. There's a very good chance that we will be able to source and build what you need.

Forensic and eDiscovery software, case load, data set size as well as budget are just some of the factors to consider when selecting which FRED system best meets your needs. At times, choosing the optimal configuration may seem overwhelming. For assistance configuring your system, please contact the forensic tech experts at Digital Intelligence. We’ll make sure you get a system that performs great at a price that won't break your budget.

And don't forget to take advantage of the no-cost Digital Forensics with FRED training that is available with every system purchase.

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

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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.

 
FRED
FRED X
FRED SR
Processor
FRED Intel

Intel i9-13900K, 24 core (8 performance / 16 efficiency), 32 threads, up to 5.8 GHz, 36 MB Cache

FRED AMD

AMD Threadripper PRO 5955WX, 16 core, 4.0/4.5 GHz, 64 MB Cache

Optional CPUs available:
Threadripper PRO 24, 32, and 64 cores

Intel w5-3465X, 16 core, 32 threads, 2.5/4.8 GHz, 75 MB Cache

Optional CPUs available:

Intel Xeon 28, 36, and 56 cores

Memory
FRED Intel

128 GB PC5-38400 DDR5 4800 MHz

FRED AMD

128 GB PC4-25600 DDR4 3200 MHz

configurable up to 512 GB

128 GB ECC Memory PC5-38500 DDR5 4800 MHz

configurable up to 512 GB
Software
Microsoft Windows 11 Professional, 64-bit
OpenSUSE Linux 64-bit
Symantec Ghost
Graphics & Video Support

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

GPU upgrades available: RTX 3070, 3080, 3090, 4070, and 4090

Storage
Systems include separate drives for the O/S, Database/Cache/Temp and Case/Data

FRED, FRED X, and FRED Sr
500 GB Internal M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (OS)
1 TB Internal M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD(Database/Cache/Temp)
1 TB internal M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
4 TB SATA III 7200 RPM HotSwap (Case/Data)

FRED AMD
500 GB Internal M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (OS)
1 TB Internal M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (Database/Cache/Temp)
1 TB Internal M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (Database/Cache/Temp)
4 TB SATA III 7200 RPM HotSwap (Case/Data)

various additional drive / storage options available

Extra Storage Slots
Systems have additional slots that can be populated to extend storage
FRED Intel & AMD

4 HotSwap Drive Bays 2.5"/3.5" SATA III (USB 3.2 connected)

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

3 Internal M.2 NVMe SSD

FRED 1R Intel & AMD

3 HotSwap Drive Bays 2.5"/3.5" SATA III (USB 3.2 connected)

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

3 Internal M.2 NVMe SSD

FRED 2R Intel & AMD

1 HotSwap Drive Bay 2.5"/3.5" SATA III (USB 3.2 connected)

4 x 2.5" HotSwap Drive Bay SATA III (SATA connected)

3 Internal M.2 NVMe SSD

FRED X

4 HotSwap Drive Bays 2.5”/3.5” SATA III (USB 3.2 connected)

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

3 Internal M.2 NVMe SSD

FRED X 1R

3 HotSwap Drive Bays 2.5”/3.5” SATA III (USB 3.2 connected)

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

3 Internal M.2 NVMe SSD

FRED X 2R

1 HotSwap Drive Bay 2.5"/3.5" SATA III (USB 3.2 connected)

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

3 Internal M.2 NVMe SSD

FRED SR

3 HotSwap Drive Bays 2.5”/3.5” SATA III (USB 3.2 connected)

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

3 Internal M.2 NVMe SSD

Storage Controller
FRED Intel

M.2 (Key M) PCIe 4.0 x4 slots (3)
SATA 6Gb/s ports (4)

FRED AMD

M.2 (Key M) PCIe 4.0 x4 slots (3)
SATA 6Gb/s ports (8)
U.2 connectors (2)

M.2 PCIe 5.0 x4 slots (3)
SATA 6 Gb/s (8)
SlimSAS Slots (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 70 TB (raw) using 14 TB hard drives
2R, Dual 5 Drive RAID Chassis: Up to 140 TB (raw) using 14 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 210 TB using 14 TB drives.

Additional RAID configurations and drive options available.

Network Performance
FRED Intel

1 x 2.5 Gb Ethernet

FRED AMD

2 x Intel X550-AT2 10Gb Ethernet

2 x Intel X710-AT2 10 Gb Ethernet

Drive Bays

Native SATA, shock-mounted, removable

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

Hot-swap, USB 3.2 connected SATA III, shock-mounted, read only or read write selectable, removable

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

Native SATA, shock-mounted, removable (2)

Hot-swap, USB 3.2 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


In addition to the the UltraBay 4d, all FRED USB 3.2 connected HotSwap Forensic Drive Trays are user switchable between read write and read only modes of operation, increasing the forensic imaging capacity of SATA drives (3.5"/2.5")

Drive Bay Ecosystem

Hot-swappable, interchangeable USB 3.2 connected drive trays 2.5" / 3.5" SATA drive tray, user selectable read/write or read only (write blocked) modes

Optional drive bays available:
Forensic card reader tray for flash memory access, user selectable read / write or read only (write blocked) modes
M.2 / NVMe PCIe SSD and M.2 SATA drive tray, user selectable read/write or read only (write blocked) modes
USB 3.2 Forensic Dongle Vault with 5 USB 3.2 ports for secure (internal to tray) license dongle connections
USB 3.2 hub tray, with five external USB3.2 port connections

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

FRED Intel
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type C (1)
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C (1)
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (2)
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5)
USB 2.0 (4)

FRED AMD
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (3)
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (9)
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C (2)
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (1)

USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type C (1)
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C (2)
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (5)
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (3)
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

Audio

FRED Intel
Realtek 7.1 surround sound high definition audio CODEC

FRED AMD
Realtek ALC2250 8-channel high definition audio CODEC featuring Crystal Sound 2

Realtek S1220A 7.1 surround sound high definition audio CODEC
DVD/CD/Blu-Ray
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
Accessories

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

Precision electronics tool kit with assorted bits for opening enclosures

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 X product pages

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