In this assignment, you will attempt to recover data that was deleted from your laptop or desktop computer.
You are a technician in the information technology (IT) department of an Internet startup. One of your colleagues recently downloaded three files onto his laptop—a .doc file, a .jpg file, and an .mp4 file—which he accidentally deleted. He now urgently needs these files to complete a time-sensitive task and has asked you to help him recover the lost data.
To recover the lost data:
- Click here to download the following files to your desktop:
- Visit http://download.cnet.com and search for “data recovery” software, indicating whether you are using a Windows or Mac computer.
- Review the list of data recovery software.
- Select the two programs you feel are the best; base your decision on any criteria of your choice, but consider those programs that have the largest number of downloads or the highest user reviews.
- Install both software programs onto your desktop or laptop computer. Make sure to not install additional software or add-ons packaged with the program.
- Delete all three of the files you downloaded to your desktop in the first step (AU_IST344_M3A2L1.doc, AU_IST344_M3A2L1.jpg, AU_IST344_M3A2L1.mp4); ensure that your Recycle Bin is empty and the files no longer exist on your computer.
- Open and run the first of the two data-recovery software programs; check to see which of the three files from this syllabus were recoverable.
- Open and run the second of the two data-recovery software programs; check to see which of the three files from this syllabus were recoverable.
- Write a 3- to 4-page reflection in which you address each of the tasks below:
- Define and describe the digital forensics practices that you used to complete this exercise.
- Describe your methods of handling the digital forensics evidence that you used in this exercise.
- Explain why you chose the two data-recovery programs you selected.
- Illustrate how you used the digital forensics tools you downloaded to locate, recover, and identify the three digital files.
- Critique your success (or failure) when attempting to recover the three digital files.
- Provide solutions for data recovery techniques and suggest tools to use.
- Explain how you can apply this skill in the future.
Note: Your final product should be a 3- to 4-page Microsoft Word document, using four to six scholarly sources beyond your course textbook. Write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in the accurate representation and attribution of sources (APA); and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
- By the due date assigned, save your Microsoft Word document as M3_A2_Lastname_Firstname.doc and submit it to the Submissions Area.