Testing a Write Blocking Device

Computer Forensics Expert Note: A computer forensics examiner or computer forensics expert, particularly in States such as Virginia, where courts are very strict about the required procedures to be followed by a Virginia computer forensics expert, must be comfortable with the use of write blocking devices.  The non-use or improper use of these may cause the digital evidence to not be admissible.

In order to test a write blocking device, it is suggested to:
1.    Wipe a hard drive with 0×00 and verify the wipe with the dcfldd pattern=00 vf=/dev/hd#;
3.    Install an operating system on the wiped drive;
4.    Hash the wiped drive;
5.    Connect the wiped drive to the write blocking device;
6.    Try to save a file to the write blocked drive and make sure that the write failed, if so, a second hash value of the drive should match the value obtained from step 4.

This computer forensics information is presented by AVM Technology, LLC, a Computer Forensics, E-Discovery, and Computer Security consulting company located in Richmond, VA and serving clients throughout the United States.