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Between a Rock and a Hard Drive

(DFI News) The means by which data can be forensically retrieved from badly damaged hard drives is being put to extreme tests in the high-profile Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting case in Newtown, CT.

The shooter, Adam Lanza, removed the hard drive from his computer, then smashed it before driving to the school, where he murdered 20 first-grade children and six staff members before killing himself. Investigators hope to learn what may have motivated the madness from data hidden on his damaged drive and other electronic equipment.

The Newtown police turned the investigation of this incident over to the Connecticut State Police, which is handling the processing of the computer evidence seized. CSP, in turn, availed themselves of offers of assistance from the FBI and other federal agencies. Attempts to retrieve data from the smashed hard drive, however, have frustrated investigators…read full article