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Computer Evidence: Collection and Preservation, Second Edition by Christopher L. T. Brown

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Defining a Large Collection

The definition of large is certainly a moving target when it comes to data storage. Twenty-some years ago, a 10 megabyte (MB) hard disk was considered a costly luxury. Today, users can buy Universal Serial Bus (USB) key drives with hundreds of times that storage capacity for only a few dollars. Large system collection refers not only to single large digital storage repositories but also to large environments with dispersed networks of data. Often corporate networks offer both challenges. As computer systems become more connected, defining a single specific individual digital corpus that contains artifacts of potential evidentiary value becomes more difficult. The growing size of data storage systems only compounds ...

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