Computer Forensics Tools:
As we now know what computer forensic is and why it is used, let us discuss about various computer forensic tools that are used to investigate computer crimes.
1. Disk imaging software: With the help of disk imaging software, contents of the hard drive as well as the structure of the files can be traced. Structure means file organization and the relationship between these files. Plenty of disk imaging software are available in the market.
2. Hashing tools: This tool is used to compare data present in the original and the copy of the hard disk. When comparing the data, hashing tools analyze the information present in both the original and the hard disk copy, assigns a unique number. When both the numbers match, it means no violation has been made else it is not a perfect copy.
3. File recovery programs: Is it possible to recover lost data? Yes, with the help of computer forensics, lost data can be recovered. There are file recovery programs; using these programs, it is possible to recover lost data. These programs search the computer for data that are not deleted but are marked to delete and recover the data.
4. Software and hardware write tools: Hard drive can be reconstructed bit by bit using these write tools. They don’t change the information present in the hard drive; they just make a copy of the hard drive.
5. Encase: This is one of the most widely used commercial computer forensic tool from Guidance Software in the year 1998. With this tool, one can perform various tasks like disk imaging and verification and analysis of data. Have you heard of unallocated spaces? These spaces may contain valuable information in context with a cyber-crime investigation. With Encase, it is possible to inspect these unallocated spaces and collect the necessary data. (Ref. Fig 2 – Encase software)
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