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EnCE EnCase Computer Forensics: The Official EnCase Certified Examiner Study Guide, 3rd Edition by Steve Bunting

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Drive-to-Drive DOS Acquisition

A drive-to-drive DOS acquisition takes place entirely in DOS, and the target drive and the image storage drive are attached to the same motherboard, which is why it’s called drive-to-drive. It is a simple means of acquisition because you need to pack only an EnCase boot disk and a storage hard drive. No dongle is needed. Many examiners, having started forensics years ago when this was the standard acquisition method, still prefer it.

Drive-to-drive is a relatively fast acquisition. The speed limitation is usually imposed by the slowest component in the ATA subsystem, be it the controller, cable, configuration, or drive speed. The faster configuration will usually be master-to-master on different channels (primary ...

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