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New forensic tools to advance data recovery

Tim Greene | May 6, 2010
New computer forensic tools will make it possible to recover more data from corrupted hard drives so long as the missing filles haven't been overwritten.

New research adapts this technique to other file formats such as .doc files. It looks at the content in file fragments and classifies it based on syntactical similarities. This is akin to sorting a box of jigsaw puzzle pieces that contains the pieces for many puzzles so that all the pieces from each puzzle are put in separate boxes, Memon says. Each puzzle can then be assembled based on the shapes of the pieces and the image fragment printed on them.


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