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Data Recovery on SSD

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Data Recovery on SSD

Post Posted: Apr 14, 18 10:40

Why Data Recovery on SSD Is More Difficult than That on HDD?  

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Re: Data Recovery on SSD

Post Posted: Apr 14, 18 11:29

- north
Why Data Recovery on SSD Is More Difficult than That on HDD?

Is it?

Talking of functional devices, there is not that much difference AFAICT.

What may make a BIG difference is TRIM and garbage collection, but the difference is not much about data recovery (which procedures remains the same), it revolves more about (deleted) data persistence and (possibly) increased fragmentation.

If you prefer on a normal hard disk, with a couple (manual) interventions (deleted) data can be actually deleted or partially shredded/corrupted, all that is needed is a defrag and the creation/saving of one or more "huge" files, while on SSD's the OS (or SSD controller) built-in provisions have almost the same effects in an automatic way that is transparent to the users.

Additionally DRAT and/or DZAT may make released blocks appear as zero or *whatever* independently from the actual block contents, unless chip-off extraction is used, see:
https://belkasoft.com/download/info/SSD Forensics 2014.pdf

BTW, chip-off reading (and decoding data from "raw" chip contents dumps) may be not "easy-peasy", still it seems like way easier and feasible than attempting to recover data directly from a hard disk plate.

And - to be fair - there is over provisioning that may actually increase the amount of retrievable data (still in the case of chip-off)

- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is. - 

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