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Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced the Sapphire family of Write-Protect readers that treat hard drive, SSD or flash media as READ only storage to protect against virus contamination or data tampering.
There are two Sapphire Write-Protect readers — a 3.5”/2.5” HDD reader and a 2.5” HDD/Flash reader. Both are equipped with an interface bridge that disables the write function at the hardware level. This allows you to access data on the hard drive or flash media without the risk of accidentally erasing or altering content on the drive.
The interface bridge is a permanent feature and can’t be disabled. It protects users from accidental or intentional erasing or destruction of data, according to Addonics President Bill Kwong. Software hacking can’t be used to circumvent the write protect function, he adds. Forensic investigators can quickly discover if the interface bridge was tampered with and replaced with a read/write enabled board.
Both models come with built-in USB 3.0/2.0 connection and a small anodized aluminum enclosure. The drive can also be hot swapped like a tape cartridge without restarting the system. The Sapphire Write-Protect Readers essentially treat any hard drive or flash media as a Read only media, similar to CD or DVD disc. The suggested retail for the 3.5”/2.5” Drive Reader is US$115. The 2.5” HDD/Flash Reader is priced at $179.