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Software Blocker

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Software Blocker

Post Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:31 am

Please, where can I download a free software write blocker?

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Re: Software Blocker

Post Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:50 am

There's a link to a free USB software write blocker and other free tools on this page which I put together. As with anything, use at your own risk.

www.forensiccontrol.co...ources.php
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Re: Software Blocker

Post Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:56 am

Thanks a million!
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Re: Software Blocker

Post Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:40 pm

And by "use at your own risk" he means "validate all your tools", whether free or commercial.
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Re: Software Blocker

Post Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:46 pm

- Patrick4n6
And by "use at your own risk" he means "validate all your tools", whether free or commercial.


Precisely.
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Re: Software Blocker

Post Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:53 pm

Thanks all. I will.
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Re: Software Blocker

Post Posted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:57 am

I'm always cautious with software write blockers for several reasons, mostly because you don't really know if it is 'on' or 'off' until afterward. Since these applications rely upon registry settings, you have to make sure the version of the software write blocker you use will work on the Windows OS version AND service pack. Also, most of these apps tend to block all USB devices on the system, so if you are imaging from USB Drive 1, you will only be able to image to your C:\ drive (the FBI ACES software write blocker allows you to choose which USB ports to block, but this is not for non-LE use).

If you don't have a hardware write blocker, I'd recommend using a forensic boot disk (Linux or Windows) so you can make sure you don't have inadvertent writes to your USB drive. Plus, you can choose which drives you want RO and those you want RW. And for the most part, you can still use your forensic tools with the boot disk (whether you use Linux apps or Windows apps, most work on both boot disks).  

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