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RE: Copying HDDs for forensic purposes?
From: Steven Vallarian <svallarian () csa1 com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 08:34:03 -0600

A related question...

I know that you should md5 the image file to show in court that the drive
image hasn't
been tampered with (and compare it to an md5 sum of the hard drive), but how
do you 
do get an md5 sum for the entire hard drive (that's not in image format?)


Steven V.



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.

Spencer


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