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Disk reliability

Research on disk reliability and disk failure rates is relevant to computer forensics for several reasons:

  • Disk failures frequently make it difficult to recover data from a subject computer.
  • Because forensic practitioners use very large datasets, issues of disk drive reliability can have direct bearing on forensic readyness.


  • An analysis of latent sector errors in disk drives, Lakshmi N. Bairavasundaram, Garth R. Goodson, Shankar Pasupathy, Jiri Schindler, SIGMETRICS '07. (ACM DL)