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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)
- Failure Trends in a Large Disk Drive Population, Eduardo Pinheiro, Wolf-Dietrich Weber and Luiz Andre Barroso, Proceedings of the 5th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST’07), February 2007