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From: craig at (Craig Pratt)
Subject: Hard drive images

On Tuesday, Aug 5, 2003, at 13:23 US/Pacific, Ron DuFresne wrote:
> On Tue, 5 Aug 2003, David Hayes wrote:
>> Our old standby, "dd", is perfectly acceptable for making an image of
>> a hard drive to be used in court.  It's even the #1 choice of the FBI,
>> and accepted by U.S. federal courts.  From the trial court order on
>> admission of evidence in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui (the accused
>> 20th hijacker of 9/11):
> Interesting, I would have thought that the original was required for 
> the
> courts, and that forensics was conducted on the copy.
> Thanks,
> Ron DuFresne

I believe there are ways to recover data at the physical/magnetic level 
- magnetic  remnants of previously-deleted data, for instance - which 
would require access to the original platters. I read an article about 
this somewhere - would have to be SciAm or /.


Craig Pratt
Strongbox Network Services Inc.

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