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Copying HDDs for forensic purposes?
From: "Spencer D'oro" <sdoro () comcast net>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2003 10:09:20 -0800

Hello to all,

I am interested in forensic examinations of hard drives.  In the little
material I have seen, the authors state that no examination should be made
of an original device; that instead a copy should be made and all
examinations made to that device.  My question is this:  If you make a copy
of the hard drive, does it copy the sectors that had recently deleted files
or does it just mark them as blank in the partition table of the new drive?
What if the source is physically damaged?  Or do you need a special utility
to get the "erased" data?  Thanks in advance for the help.


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