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Forensic recovery of hard disk data by using the spin-stand imaging technique
Author(s): Chun Tse; Charles Krafft; Isaak Mayergoyz; Patrick McAvoy; Chun-Yang Tseng
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Paper Abstract

An ex-situ technique for the drive-independent forensic recovery of data from failed hard drives has been developed. For drives which have suffered damage from a head crash or other mechanical problems and cannot be resuscitated using standard software, firmware, or part-replacement techniques, there is currently no commercially available means to recover the data, even though the files are still stored on the magnetic disks. Here, we report on the results of a spinstand imaging based technology, where the failed disk is removed from its native drive, placed on a spin-stand, and scanned with a giant magnetoresistive head. After track centering, track following, signal detection, data decoding, error correction, and sector mapping, the otherwise unrecoverable data can be retrieved to the computer operating system. Spin-stand based data imaging has the potential to provide recovery at data rates approaching those in the native drive and is a truly drive-independent method to recover hard disk data in a time-efficient manner.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5778, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense IV, (20 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.602572
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Chun Tse, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Charles Krafft, Lab. for Physical Sciences (United States)
Isaak Mayergoyz, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Patrick McAvoy, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Chun-Yang Tseng, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5778:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense IV
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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