- Microsoft Windows Vista, Server 2003/2008/2012, or Windows 7/8 (32-bit or 64-bit) installed and configured on your system
- 1 GHz processor (2.4 GHz recommended)
- 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
- 150 MB of free hard disk space (more if you use custom dictionaries)
Passware software supports PC platforms only. However, it can recover passwords for some files created on Macintosh such as FileMaker. You can run Passware products on a Virtual PC or Parallels Desktop to unprotect your files.
For Windows Key, a Windows Setup 32-bit CD is required, as well as a burning CD-RW drive in order to record a password reset CD instead of the USB disk.
To acquire a physical memory image of the target computer using Passware FireWire Memory Imager (used to recover BitLocker, TrueCrypt, PGP, MS Office encryption keys, as well as Windows and Mac user passwords), a FireWire cable is required. Both the target computer and the computer used for acquisition should have FireWire (IEEE 1394) ports. A USB flash drive for Passware FireWire Memory Imager should be 8 GB or more.
The password calculation process depends to some extent on the processor speed.
We recommend 1 GB RAM for each GPU card.
Passware Kit supports network distributed password recovery, multi-CPU, and multi-core systems.
To accelerate a password recovery process, Passware Kit uses both NVIDIA and AMD ATI GPU cards, as well as Guidance Tableau TACC accelerator.
NOTE: The performance of NVIDIA cards depends on the version of the driver installed. The maximum password recovery speed on NVIDIA cards is achieved using driver GeForce 340.52 or 333.11 for Tesla.
- Cost-efficient hardware:
We recommend using Intel Core i5 processor or similar. The number of cores is more important than its frequency.
We do not recommend anything specific for the motherboard and case, but pay special attention to the cooling system: it should provide the stable GPU temperature during the whole password calculating process.
To accelerate a password recovery process, use NVIDIA GeForce GTX (CUDA architecture) and AMD Radeon HD cards.
NVIDIA GTX 680/780 Titan are highly recommended. If energy consumption is a problem, then choose NVIDIA Tesla. More cost-efficient cards are AMD Radeon R9 series, or AMD FirePro if you need a more energy-efficient solution.
AMD cards are cheaper than NVIDIA, providing the same or even higher performance. However, AMD cards are currently supported for password recovery only for Office 2007-2013 files, RAR and Zip archives, iTunes and Android backups and images, Mac Keychain files, Apple DMG images, FileVault2 images, and iTunes backups. Please note that GTX 5XX cards provide better acceleration than the latest 6XX ones. If you use GPU acceleration, pay attention to the corresponding cooling system and power supply unit, depending on the number of GPU cards.
- Maximum performance:
Maximum performance can be achieved by using Distributed Password Recovery. The more Passware Kit Agents you use, the better.
- Recommendations for Passware Kit Server:
Intel Core i7 processor or higher. No GPU. Disable the built-in Passware Kit Agent.
- Recommendations for Passware Kit Agent:
Intel Core i7 processor, with 4 cores or more. AMD R9 Series. Corresponding cooling system. Corresponding power supply unit.
Learn more about hardware acceleration.
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