CD and DVD Forensics

CD and DVD Forensics

1st Edition - December 12, 2006

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  • Author: Paul Crowley
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597491280
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080500805

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CD and DVD Forensics will take the reader through all facets of handling, examining, and processing CD and DVD evidence for computer forensics. At a time where data forensics is becoming a major part of law enforcement and prosecution in the public sector, and corporate and system security in the private sector, the interest in this subject has just begun to blossom.CD and DVD Forensics is a how to book that will give the reader tools to be able to open CDs and DVDs in an effort to identify evidence of a crime. These tools can be applied in both the public and private sectors. Armed with this information, law enforcement, corporate security, and private investigators will be able to be more effective in their evidence related tasks. To accomplish this the book is divided into four basic parts: (a) CD and DVD physics dealing with the history, construction and technology of CD and DVD media, (b) file systems present on CDs and DVDs and how these are different from that which is found on hard disks, floppy disks and other media, (c) considerations for handling CD and DVD evidence to both recover the maximum amount of information present on a disc and to do so without destroying or altering the disc in any way, and (d) using the InfinaDyne product CD/DVD Inspector to examine discs in detail and collect evidence.

Key Features

  • This is the first book addressing using the CD/DVD Inspector product in a hands-on manner with a complete step-by-step guide for examining evidence discs
  • See how to open CD's and DVD'd and extract all the crucial evidence they may contain


Readers who would be interested in CD and DVD Forensics cover a wide range of experience levels. Some will be experienced computer forensics examiners who are looking to add tools to their arsenals. Others may include individuals who can vary from law enforcement to other government workers, and then in to the private sector to include those involved in corporate security and private investigators. These readers will be involved in such projects as criminal prosecution for a wide variety of crimes spanning such topics as child pornography, embezzlement, and anything else where the records could be kept on a CD or DVD.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction An explanation of the conventions used in the book. Chapter 1: Physical Characteristics of CD and DVD Media This chapter will take the reader through the way CD and DVD media are constructed and how they work. Chapter 2: CD and DVD Logical Structure This chapter explains the file structure of CD and DVD media. Chapter 3: Collecting CD and DVD Evidence This chapter goes through the process of procuring media that will then later be examined in search of evidence. Chapter 4: Preparing for Disc Evaluation This chapter explains the proper set-up for the examiner's workstation. There is also discussion of the steps needed to get ready to actually begin the work of examination of CD and DVD media. Chapter 5: CD/DVD Inspector – The Basics This chapter explores the most basic levels of the use of the CD/DVD Inspector software. Chapter 6: Advanced Tasks with CD/DVD Inspector This chapter guides the examiner in more difficult tasks which can be accomplished with CD/DVD Inspector software. Chapter 7: Reporting Your Findings This chapter explores the reporting features of CD/DVD Inspector software. Chapter 8: Things to Keep in Mind A list of important key points in the computer forensics process in order to effectively examine CD and DVD media. Chapter 9: Disc Swap Drive Modifications This chapter takes the reader step-by-step through the modification process that is needed to a CD or DVD reader to be able to properly use the CD/DVD Inspector software.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2007
  • Published: December 12, 2006
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597491280
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080500805

About the Author

Paul Crowley

Paul Crowley is the founder and lead developer at InfinaDyne. InfinaDyne is one of a small number of companies publishing software specifically targetted at the forensic examiner. He has been working in the software development field since 1975. His career includes experience that spans computer hardware from the very smallest home video game console to the largest IBM mainframes. Paul began working with CD recording technology in 1994 and is one of a small number of respected authorities on this technology. The first CD data recovery software product was written by Paul and has led the market for such tools since 1997. InfinaDyne has been offering CD and DVD Forensics training classes since 2005 and has held classes in the US and Australia. Attendees at these classes have included members of the FBI, US Department of Defense, and the Australian Federal Police.

Affiliations and Expertise

Paul Crowley is the founder and lead developer at InfinaDyne.

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