p2pnet news view | RIAA News:- Yesterday, we posted an item saying a judge found Jeffrey Howell, who’d kept about 2,000 music recordings on his PC, guilty of, “willfully and intentionally” destroying evidence of his alleged P2P activities, “after being notified of pending legal action by the RIAA”.
Did he in fact try to scrub his hard drive?And if he did, was it necessarily for nefarious purposes? Or was it because he’d simply had enough and wanted Kazaa and everything to do with it off his system?
Only he really knows, but meanwhile, p2pnet reader Rekrul has an interesting take.
“I don’t know the details of what happened (probably nobody except the tech experts do), but I’d like to make a guess,” he says, going on »»»
He uninstalled Kazaa, but didn’t clean the registry so there were still traces of it. Also, if it’s like most Windows software, it probably left directories and files all over the place.
Any reformat he did was probably a ‘quick’ format that simply wipes the FAT and directory info, but leaves all the data.
If he’d zero-filled the drive, the data would have been *GONE*, and it would take a hugely expensive piece of equipment and the complete disassembly of his drive to get anything back.
Downloading a file shredding program and nuking the logs wouldn’t be necessary after a true format of the drive, which is pretty much proof that he didn’t know what he was doing. Even if the order is listed wrong, he probably had no real idea how to remove all traces of something from his system, which is probably why he got caught.
Windows is notorious for leaving scraps of information all over the place.”
It’s, “almost like a scavenger hunt to try and find every location that Windows has squirrelled away information on what the computer has been doing,” adds Rekrul.
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