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About the Author

Paul Crowley is the founder and lead developer at InfinaDyne. InfinaDyne is one of a small number of companies publishing software specifically targetted at the forensic examiner. He has been working in the software development field since 1975. His career includes experience that spans computer hardware from the very smallest home video game console to the largest IBM mainframes. Paul began working with CD recording technology in 1994 and is one of a small number of respected authorities on this technology. The first CD data recovery software product was written by Paul and has led the market for such tools since 1997. InfinaDyne has been offering CD and DVD Forensics training classes since 2005 and has held classes in the US and Australia. Attendees at these classes have included members of the FBI, US Department of Defense, and the Australian Federal Police.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Thinly veiled ad for their product Dec 8 2006
By J. C. Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book has some info at the beginning, but most of the book is dedicated to showing you how to use their $549 product "CD/DVD Inspector". You're better off with something like "File System Forensic Analysis".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
CD/DVD Inspector Manual/ with valuable information about CD/DVD forensics Aug. 20 2008
By Robert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book provides vital information about hidden data found on CD and DVD Forensics (I am unaware of any other competing book on this topic). My biggest issue with this book is that CD/DVD Inspector Tool costs over 500 dollars (law enforcement receives a discount) -- the book claims to offer a demo version from the website -- after going to the website-- it appears that you must specifically request a demo copy from the company. There is an alternative product called ISObuster which is mentioned in the book which performs many of the functions the CD/DVD Inspector tool discussed in the book. Given the cost of the book, I would have desired a more balanced analysis of other tools avaliable, in addition, to the CD/DVD Inspector Tool. After reviewing the book and supplemental information online about CD/DVD formats much of the functionality is avaliable through less expensive tools on Windows or using regular command line tools typically included in most Linux distributions. I recommend the book primarily because there seems to be a lack of alternative resources discussing this highly specialized topic.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Only worth buying if you use or want to learn the CD/DVD Inspector application Feb. 7 2007
By Ben - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am sure if you wish to learn CD/DVD Inspector, or use it regularly, this book is one to buy. I have also heard that this book is used as a text in a CD DVD course being offered. However, if this is not what you are doing, then I would suggest that you look elsewhere, as this is not a well rounded introduction to the field nor the output of a study. To me the CD and DVD Forensics text read more like the 'missing manual' for the application than truly useful information. I guess I was a little disappointed with this, as I don't believe the title nor the blurb conveyed the extent of the product tie in.

Physically, the book is printed on low quality paper and is quite thin, the font size used is huge and approximately 1/5 of the book is made up of the glossary and the table of contents. The photographs and images used are also of a low quality, which is a shame.

However, I will keep this book on hand because it does have some interesting information within it, and in case I ever need to use the CD/DVD Inspector application. Certainly not a well-rounded book though.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Some info on these media formats, but basically a manual for software Dec 31 2006
By jose_monkey_org - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I got a review copy of CD and DVD forensics in the mail a couple of weeks ago, and immediately two thoughts came to mind. First, I honestly didn't ever think about these media types in a forensic examination, and so it was a bit unexpected to see a book on them. The author, Paul Crowley, does a good job of explaining why these media types are important to the forensic examiner. Secondly, I began to wonder if it would compare favorably to Brian Carrier's excellent "Filesystem Forensic Analysis". Crowley's book doesn't, but given that Carrier has set such a high bar, it's not surprising.

Chapter 1 dives right into it, covering a lot of CDROM and DVD disc physical attributes and some common layout features. Chapter 2 is a similarly thorough treatment of the logical layout and describes a lot of the fliesystems commonly found in optical media. In this chapter some additional images and illustrations would have helped.

Chapter 3 is surprisingly short, and it introduces binary forensic images. There's little treatment, if any, given to how to collect them. I'm not clear why this chapter was so short or even standalone. Chapter 4 is a bit longer, but also quite short. It covers collecting CD and DVD evidence. There are some useful tips and insights in this chapter, but again it's so short. Chapter 5, "Preparing for disc examination" is a bit longer again, and contains some useful information. There's some useful information here, and some more in depth treatment would have been appreciated.

Chapter 6 starts the real meat of the book, the CD/DVD Inspector manual. This is a lengthy chapter with good illustrations, organization, and a full treatment of the specific messages given by the software. A pretty standard overview of the software package, specific to it as well.

Chapter 7 is, sadly, a short chapter on using CD/DVD Inspector. I say this is sad because a more thorough treatment with insights and exercises would have been valuable. As it stands it's basically tossing you in the deep end. Chapter 8, "Advanced tasks with CD/DVD Inspector", is quite similar. Again, a longer, fuller treatment of the tasks would have been great.

Chapters 9 and 10 are real letdowns because they treat such important material ("Reporting your findings" and "Things to keep in mind", respectively) so cursorily. Just a few pages apiece (Chapter 10 is all of one page!). Real insights would have been valuable here.

Appendix A is useful and covers "Disk swap modifications", and finally a lengthy glossary rounds out the book.

While the material is presented clearly (both the text and the illustrations), it's not presented completely in most chapters. This feels like an exercise without much value beyond being a manual for the software and some introductions and overviews of CD and DVD filesystems. All in all this book should go back to the author for a full fleshing out. I give it three stars on the basis of its strengths, but I think it's more of a 2.5 star book overall.

If you're looking for forensics material, this may wind up on your bookshelf, but see if you can get this book at a steep discount. It's incomplete for the novice or student and focuses specifically on one software package. I hope that any future editions are more complete.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Save your money March 6 2010
By Edward D. Hersey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Not only is it a thinly disguised sales tool for their software, but it does not live up to the promises on its cover. The book claims to offer a "Free Trial version of CD/DVD Inspector," but this does not come with the book and is no longer available for download.


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