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

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Lab Workstations

The computer forensics lab workstation is often a workhorse of a computer used for many tasks related to analysis as well as imaging. Computer forensics investigators and system administrators often debate the pros and cons of building their own system versus purchasing one. On one hand, nobody knows what you want more than you do; on the other hand, the time required to build a quality system can be extensive. And let’s face it—we could all use a few more hours in each day. There is no easy answer, so let’s look at some of the benefits on each side of the discussion.

The benefits to building your own workstation follow:

  • You know the requirements.

  • Specific components of the highest grade can be selected.

  • This method is often less ...

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