Forensic Images: For Your Viewing Pleasure

By Sally Vandeven

For a student just getting started in digital forensics, concepts regarding forensic images can be confusing. Terminology like images, clones, bit-stream copies and forensic images are often used incorrectly, further complicating the issue. This paper will attempt to clear up the confusion. We will present an instructive clarification of what a forensic image is as well as what it is not. In addition, we will provide a comprehensive look at the many different ways to access data on forensic images using mostly open source tools on both Windows and Linux platforms.

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