Issue Number: Vol. 2, No. 1
Year of Publication: 2013
Page Numbers: 9-24
Authors: Gianni Fenu, Fabrizio Solinas
Journal Name: International Journal of Cyber-Security and Digital Forensics (IJCSDF)
- Hong Kong


Over the last few years, analysing a computer or a digital device has become a necessity in the field of criminal investigations. However, during the forensic analysis, some ordinary mistakes are often made. The aim of this paper is to define a new approach to the problem of evidence examination, analysing and studying practical experiences of case studies within the Italian legal system concerning techniques of computer forensic and forensic data analysis. The user of this type of approaches has to guarantee efficient level of both specialized legal competences and technical skills and highly qualified technical skill in order to analyse digital systems in conformity with the best practices, and national and European regulations. In addition, although many types of software are not free and particular hardware could be adopted in this presented work, one of the main objectives has been the only use of the personal computer in order to prove the possibility to obtain the same results minimizing the costs. The cases studies have focused on computer forensic of various magnetic and optical devices (mass memory), such as hard disk, usb flash, memory and cards.