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Atola Insight: Main Window

This page provides information on basic Atola Insight controls.

1. Back and Forward buttons

These buttons allow you to go to the previous screen of the program. This may be useful if you'd like to see your previous input or quickly restart a process.

2. Main menu

You use this menu to navigate through different parts of the software.

3. Case

This panel shows the current case number or allows assigning a case number. The panel also provides a menu that allows browsing cases, clear device history, etc.

4. Source Port controls and indicators

  1. Power button. This button allows you to manually apply power to the hard drive attached to the DiskSense unit.
  2. Current oscilloscope. Dual oscilloscope that monitors the 5 volt and 12 volt currents being drawn by the hard drive in real time.
  3. HDD model, revision, and serial.
  4. Re-identify button. Used when you replace the hard drive.
  5. Select Source button. Allows selecting another hard drive even if it cannot be identified (please see Attaching and detaching hard drives for more information).
  6. Device interface type. Can be SATA or IDE.
  7. Port drop down menu. The same one that is shown for Source main menu point (see picture from 3. Case).
  8. Write-Protected. This indicator shows whether write protection is enabled or not. Write protection can be enabled or disabled by triggering a switch on the left side of the DiskSense unit. Enabling write protection prevents any action that may result in a write operation.
  9. Short Circuit. Indicates an unusually high current draw or a shorted circuit on the source port.
  10. DCO. Indicates whether Device Configuration Overlay (DCO) is changed.
  11. HPA. Indicates whether Host Protection Area (HPA) is activated.
  12. PWD. Indicates if the Source hard drive is locked with a password.

5. Target Port controls and indicators

Target port has almost all features of Source port with the exception of:

  • Write-Protected indicator
  • Short Circuit indicator
  • Oscilloscope button

Target port allows to plug one of the following:

  • Device attached to the hardware target port of the DiskSense Ethernet unit
  • PC device (hard drive attached directly to the host PC)
  • Image file

6. Source

Source port menu allows performing the following operations:

  • Reset. Sends "Soft Reset" command to the hard drive.
  • Re-identify. Used when you replace the hard drive.
  • Spindown. Stops the hard drive's spindle motor
  • Select Source.... Allows selecting another hard drive even if it cannot be identified (please see Attaching and detaching hard drives for more information).
  • Case History. See description in 3.Case.

7. Target

Target port menu allows performing the same operations for any target selection as for the source port (see 6. Source).

8. Windows

This menu is used to open the Current Oscilloscope and Terminal windows. It also allows enabling DiskSense controls and IDE/SATA registers (in case you have previously closed them).

9. Selected device information

This panel shows detailed information about the currently attached device. If you'd like to see even more details, click View ID Sector link and you will see the full ID sector that was returned by the hard drive.

10. Case history

Here you can see all actions that were done to the currently attached hard drive. If you'd like to get full details on an action, just click it and Atola Insight will show you the detailed log of that action.

11. Status and Error registers

This panel displays raw contents of Status and Error ATA registers in real time.

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