Physical data recovery


New Member
Oct 26, 2006
Hello! So I'm writing a research paper on computer forensics and i'm focusing mainly on data recovery. I'm a student.

I was wondering what kind of tools and/or procedures one might use in trying to recover data on a physically corrupted drive (i.e. shocked, thrown in water, cracked disc)

I'm very familiar with computer hardware but not so much with forensic terminology.

Thanks in advance!


New Member
Oct 26, 2006
also, any books that you might recommend on the topic of computer forensics would be very helpful! (i have with me right now "Computer Investigation" by Bauchner (not my favorite) and Computer Forensics: Computer Crime Scene Investigation by Vacca.

thanks again


Jan 2, 2006
Hi Ivybat,

You might want to take a look at Forensic Discovery by Wietze Venema and Dan Farmer (unix forensics) and File System forensics by Brian Carrrier.

For data recovery on physicalla damaged disks you will need hardware tools like microscopes etc, . Regular forensic tools such as Encase and FTK will not help you out.



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