As previously stated, the speed characteristics of the access method used to connect to a disk are a key component to the disk’s overall performance. The disk-access method and its corresponding physical interface in use are of primary interest to the investigator and will become an important factor in evidence-collection methodology and tools used. Some common specifications that correlate to access method and physical interfaces follow:
ATA (IDE, EIDE, ATAPI Serial ATA)
Serial Attached SCSII (SAS)
FireWire/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 1394
Universal Serial Bus (USB)
By and large, one of the interface and access methods most commonly seen by the forensics ...