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Computer Forensics: A Pocket Guide by Dr. Nathan Clarke

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CHAPTER 3: FORENSIC ACQUISITION OF DATA

A key theme in the digital forensics procedure is one of preservation of data. This is no more important than at the acquisition stage where the investigator has to deal with the original suspect system. Securing data at this stage is imperative for the integrity of the investigation. This chapter focuses upon the procedures and tools available for the acquisition of data on a computer system. It will also give consideration to the decisions an examiner will have to make during the process and the effects they have upon the data integrity.

A computer system fundamentally has two sources of data that are of interest to a forensic examiner: volatile and non-volatile memory. Volatile memory primarily relates ...

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