Forensic LabDock U5 

Create a write blocked workstation for hard drives and thumb drives

Mounts in 5.25in PC bay; write-blocks SATA, PATA, and USB drives; SATA+USB host connections

Product name: Forensic LabDock U5

Patent: U.S. Patent No. 8,090,904

Host (I/O) Ports:

(1) SATA: for the write-blocked IDE & SATA drive connections
(2) USB 2.0: one for firmware configuration and one for the built-in USB WriteBlocker

Drive Types Supported:

  • PATA/IDE 2.5" drives (with PATA Adapter 25)
  • PATA/IDE 3.5
  • SATA 2.5" drives
  • SATA 3.5" drives
  • SATA SSD (solid state drives)
  • Hitachi 1.8" drives (with PATA Adapter 25)
  • Toshiba 1.8" drives (with PATA Adapter 18-TOSH)
  • MacBook Air 2010 (with SATA Adapter MBA2010)
  • MSATA (with SATA Adapter mSATA)
  • Mini PCIe PATA (with PATA Adapter mPCIe)
  • Mini PCIe SATA (with PATA Adapter mPCIe)
  • Mini PCIe USB (with PATA Adapter mPCIe)
  • USB Thumb Drives
  • USB drives via USB cable (if the device class is USB Mass Storage Device and it does not use proprietary firmware)

Sector Size Compatibility: SATA 512n and 512e type drives (incompatible with 4Kn type drives)

SATA Speed: 3G

Number of LEDs: 8

Description of LEDs:

Power, drive activity, Power (to drive) error, fan error, general error, HPA or DCO detected, write-blocked SATA & IDE operation, write-blocked USB operation

Operating system compatibility:

Windows 11, 10, and 8.1
Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, and 2012 product families
macOS 10.15 “Catalina” or newer
Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu LTS

Detects/reports HPA/DCO: Yes

Allows HPA/DCO override: Yes, user-configurable options

Fan(s): Draws air over drive while in bay, keeping it cool

Construction material(s): Rugged metal construction

Power switch: 2 position: On / Off

SATA Power Input: Yes

Dimensions: 6.77" x 5.79" x 1.65" (172mm x 147mm x 42mm)

Weight: 1.55 lbs. (0.70 kg)

Write Blocking: Yes

Write Blocked ports: SATA, PATA/IDE, USB 2.0 Mass Storage Devices (such as thumb drives)

Compliancy: FCC, CE, RoHS

Warranty: WiebeTech provides a 2-year limited warranty for this product.

Technical Support

Your investment in WiebeTech products is backed up by our free technical support for the lifetime of the product. If you need to contact us for any reason, visit or call us at +1 (360) 816-1800.


About Forensic LabDock U5

Forensics investigators, technicians, and system builders who want to create a digital forensic workstation rely upon the CRU® WiebeTech® Forensic LabDock™ U5. Installed in a standard 5.25" PC bay, the Forensic LabDock U5 gives convenient, front-panel access to suspect hard drives and thumb drives. Write-blocking is done in hardware, with proven WiebeTech write-blocking technology.

In addition to providing native write-blocked access to SATA and IDE drives, the Forensic LabDock U5 model also incorporates a USB WriteBlocker, so you can forensically access USB thumb drives or many USB drive enclosures.

Do you know what could be lurking in the hidden areas of a hard drive? HPA (Host Protected Areas) or DCO (Device Configuration Overlays) can exist on hard drives, which are not detected or accessible by your operating system. The Forensic LabDock U5 will alert you if these areas exist, so you can inspect them. The Forensic LabDock U5 comes with software to let you choose how to handle any hidden areas it encounters.

Forensic LabDock U5 offers native connections for the most common drives types, such as SATA and IDE/PATA. Optional SATA and PATA Adapters are available that allow access to many additional types of drives such as ZIF drives, notebook drives, drives found in iPods, and more. SATA and PATA Adapters work with many of our docking products, including the Forensic LabDock.

Additional features:

  • 2-year warranty
  • Includes cables
  • Free US-based customer support

Whether you’re a forensic investigator, technician, or cyber security analyst, the CRU WiebeTech Forensic LabDock is a necessary part of your toolkit. Find a reseller near you or buy online.

  • Built-in USB WriteBlocker
  • Professional drive write blocking
  • Reliable evidence protection
  • Detects hidden areas on drives
  • Unique cubby keeps drives cool and out of the way

Included Items

  • SATA drive data/power cable
  • IDE/PATA drive data cable
  • IDE/PATA drive power cable
  • USB cable (type A to B, with bracket)
  • USB cable (type B to 10-pin header)
  • Packet of screws
  • Quick start guide

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Documentation and Downloads

CRU Configurator for 64-bit Windows
Feb 27, 2015 - 12.81 MB

User manual for the Windows version of Configurator v4
Feb 27, 2015 - 750.99 KB

CRU Configurator for 32-bit Windows
Feb 27, 2015 - 11.37 MB

User Manual for Forensic LabDock S5 and U5
May 16, 2017 - 966.77 KB

Quick Start Guide for Forensic LabDock S5 and U5
May 16, 2017 - 526.4 KB

WriteBlocking Validation Utility (64-bit Windows)
Mar 7, 2019 - 9.32 MB

WriteBlocking Validation Utility (64-bit Windows)
Jul 29, 2022 - 12.68 MB


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