Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:25 pm Post subject: Mac or PC?
Im currently going to college for forensics and have come across this question. I have a lenovo thinkpad r61 now, but listening to students and professors it seems that macs are preffered in the forensic community because of the ability to run both windows and mac os x.
Is this true? Do companies prefer macs, or prefer you to own a mac?
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Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:42 am Post subject: Mac or PC?
The Mac choice, if you can afford it, does allow for enhanced flexibility in forensic examinations. If you are examining a Mac, you should do so from another Mac platform, as the Windows based tools will not always be able to translate the data as it was seen by the Mac user. The new Mac can also boot to Linux, which may be useful in certain examinations. As for Windows, it works very well on the new Mac platform, either virtually or in a dual boot configuration.
I agree with Cyber, I have a MacBook Pro (2.5Ghz 4GB RAM) and it works great, I have setup a virtual machine using Fusion and have EnCase running on it. However, I also run boot camp with XP SP3 and EnCase runs a little faster. If you get a Mac go with a MacBook Pro but I would invest in a faster drive. Currently I have a 250GB 5400 RPM drive and it is a little slow for acquisitions, however, I got better performance using an external 7200RPM drive with a 16MB cache (via firewire 800). The latest MacBook pros come with 4GB of RAM already and can go up to 8GB total.
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