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June 9, 2006

Got my GCFA (GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst)

Just a personal note. Since I mentioned earlier that I'd post when I obtained my GCFA, well, I obtained it. I'm number 0434 at http://www.giac.org/certified_professionals/listing/gcfa.php.

Voom HardCopy Takes on Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750 GB Hard Drive

(Warning: Entire post uses hard drive definitions of "MB" and "GB".)

Well, my 300 GB drive proved to not be big enough for much of a forensics workload, especially since I need to dual-boot Linux and Windows to be able to run EnCase and The Sleuth Kit as needed, so the boss approved getting a 750 GB disk. It was only $430, so the cost per GB is pretty good for a new product.

I like to make sure I start with a clean disk, so I hooked it up to the HardCopy device http://www.voomtech.com/hc.html to zero it off. Since I have the SATA-II version of the drive, I had to use my trusty ATA to IDE/ATAPI converter. The results of the drive wipe: 750.16 GB wiped in 3:23:09. That averages 3.69 GB/min, compared to the 400 GB Barracuda ATA-100, which got around 3.47 GB/min. For the first 50-75 GB or so, the average wipe speed was 4.50 GB/min, which is 75 MBps!

I still love the HardCopy, and love my new Barracuda.