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Packing a Lunchbox Assists in Computer Forensic Investigations

NCJ Number
Law Enforcement Technology Volume: 33 Issue: 6 Dated: June 2006 Pages: 130,132,134
Jimmy Chang
Date Published
June 2006
4 pages
This article describes the capabilities of the Hercules HTII-763 Lunchbox Portable Computer and its use by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Forensic computer examiners rarely know exactly what they will face when called to a crime scene. In order to be prepared for any scenario, it is crucial that a forensic examiner’s computer system be capable of interfacing with every other conceivable computer medium. It is also critical that the examiner’s computer has the capability of being easily reconfigured in the field. The Arizona Department of Public Safety relies on the Hercules HTII-763 Lunchbox Portable Computer, which it buys from ACME Portable Machines as an empty shell so that its own forensic examiners and technicians can assemble them. Building the computer systems themselves allows the Department the flexibility of repairing its own computers, saving considerable time, which is a valuable commodity in the fast-paced forensic environment. Advantages of the Hercules HTII-763 Lunchbox Portable Computer include its completely modular design and its flexibility. The computer comes with a specified motherboard, DVD/CDRW, write blocker, flash media reader, and removable drive bays. The Arizona Department of Public Safety, which boasts one of the largest forensic laboratories in the country, has been satisfied with the capabilities and flexibility of the Hercules HTII-763 Lunchbox Portable Computer.


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