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

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Device Architectures

At first glance, the sheer number of personal portable device types might lead investigators to believe the architectures’ differences could be staggering. Luckily for our purposes, it is easy to generalize the architecture of the entire category and highlight the differences as we move from device to device. In fact, after reading Chapter 15, “The Forensics Workstation,” investigators will see there are not that many differences between personal portable devices and standard PCs.

Taking a look at Figure 14.1, investigators will see that many of the components such as input/output interfaces, memory, storage, and processor are indeed what one might expect to see in a common PC. It is often the size and specific components ...

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