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Computer Evidence: Collection and Preservation, Second Edition by Christopher L. T. Brown

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Disk Features

Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.), not to be confused with the SMART forensics tool, is a disk-monitoring specification created by Compaq Corporation and now supported by all leading BIOS, motherboard, and disk manufacturers. S.M.A.R.T. provides a set of commands available to the operating system and computer BIOS that allows for the prediction and notification of disk failures. Figure 7.4 shows some of the low-level disk information attributes available via the S.M.A.R.T. command set.

Figure 7.4. Low-level disk information seen using the S.M.A.R.T. command set [DriveHealth01].

Utility applications allow users to probe varying attributes and collect raw data available from ...

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